The second half of the Flanders Road repaving project, originally scheduled to begin May 14, has been rescheduled to begin next Wednesday, May 27, because the state Department of Transportation did not want to leave the road in unfinished condition over the Memorial Day weekend.
DOT spokeswoman Eileen Peters said Tuesday that, if the work had started last week as planned, the road would have been milled but not filled over the holiday weekend.
“This is a mill and fill job — we mill off the top couple inches and fill it in with new asphalt,” she said. “We realized the road would have been in milled condition over the holiday weekend. While it’s perfectly safe, we did not want to leave it in milled condition over the holiday weekend.”
Ms. Peters said that if weather conditions cooperate, the project will be complete in two months.
State contractors paved from Birch Avenue in Flanders to Old Riverhead Road in Hampton Bays last fall, and are expected to pave northward from Birch Avenue to the Riverside traffic circle over the next two months.
The work, which will be done between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, will be accomplished using lane shifts along short sections of Flanders Road, with occasional single lane closures. Construction is expected to move from south to north and will begin on the southbound side of the road.
Meanwhile, Riverside Rediscovered, the group working on a revitalization plan for the area surrounding the Riverside traffic circle, has begun a petition drive asking Suffolk County to restore the funding to fix the traffic circle in the county’s 2016 capital budget. The work had originally been slated for 2016 but County Executive Steve Bellone had moved the funding to 2018 in his original draft of the county’s capital budget
The petition, online at change.org, had garnered more than 200 signatures as of Friday morning.