Flanders Road will be repaved over the course of the next several weeks.
Flanders Road will be repaved over the course of the next several weeks.

The New York State Department of Transportation had expected to begin work repaving Flanders Road yesterday, but pushed back the beginning of the work to today due to yesterday’s heavy rains.

The $5.2 million project will include the repaving of seven miles of Flanders Road between the Riverside traffic circle and Bellows Pond Road in Hampton Bays, a heavily traversed route that is the primary thoroughfare between Riverhead and the South Fork.

The DOT announced Oct. 17 that they are now beginning workon the southeastern-most portion of the route, between Birch Avenue (just east of Longneck Boulevard) and Bellows Pond Road. Work began this morning at the Hampton Bays end of the road.

It was along this stretch of well-worn pavement that Barbara Tocci lost her life last winter in an accident blamed by many, in part, on the poor condition of the road.

The DOT plans to shift the travel lane along this section of highway while work is being completed over the next month, in an attempt to minimize the impact on motorists, businesses and residents along the route.

The daytime travel lane shifts will be in effect Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day, weather permitting.

According to the DOT, “there may be occasional single lane closures during the same hours.”

While electronic signs at both ends of the project area urge motorists to use alternate rotes, the DOT is advising drivers who can’t use an alternate route to drive carefully through the work zone. Those signs will warn of upcoming lane shifts once work is underway.

The DOT plans to resume work on the northwestern portion of the route next spring.

In September, the DOT approved the bid of Rosemar Construction Corporation of East Moriches to do the work, which will include removing the top layer of the worn, distressed pavement and replacing it with new asphalt and fresh pavement markings, including bike lane striping and more visible pedestrian crosswalks.

For 24-hour up-to-date traffic and travel information, motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org.  Travel information is also available from the INFORM Transportation Management Center cameras at www.INFORMNY.com.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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