The long awaited re-paving project of Main Street in Hampton Bays is expected to begin the week of April 4, weather permitting, and could continue into the week of April 11.
The paving project will run through downtown Hampton Bays from Flanders Road on the west to Bittersweet just east of the King Kullen Shopping Center.
Parking will be prohibited on Montauk Highway throughout the construction area during the project. The contractors working on the road plan to do westbound work in the morning and eastbound work in the afternoon to minimize the traffic delays associated with the project. Work is expected to begin at 7 a.m.
The project is kicking off at the start of the busiest season of the year, and it is also slated to take place just before Southampton Town embarks on an experiment on County Road 39, where the traffic light at Tuckahoe Lane will be placed in blinking mode between April 19 and April 21.
Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said at a town board work session March 31 that the repaving work in Hampton Bays may skew some travel time data being collected the week before the blinking light project, since many workers en route to the Hamptons who would normally have taken Montauk Highway through Hampton Bays may chose to take County Road 39 instead.
Suffolk County workers may collect data the week after the blinking light project as well.
The project comes at a time of great change in Hampton Bays, with Good Ground Park now under construction, the possible elevation of Dune Road, and with the town set to seek public input on future redevelopment of Ponquogue Beach, the main ocean beach in the hamlet, where the town is considering seeking an operator for a restaurant and redevelopment of the pavillion there.