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Long Island's State Highways Getting $19 Million In Safety Enhancements

The Southern State Parkway will get more new guiderails, this time along a five-mile stretch.
The Southern State Parkway will get more new guiderails, this time along a five-mile stretch. Photo Credit: Google Maps

Ten parkways and state routes on Long Island are getting more than $19 million in safety improvements, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday, June 19.

The road projects, in Nassau and Suffolk counties, include repairing pavement, installing guide rails and replacing signs.

"A 21st century transportation network is crucial to the future of Long Island's economy," Cuomo said in a press statement 

The projects include:

  • $6.8 million in concrete repairs on Route 106 (also called Newbridge Road) in the towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay. The work is primarily between Hempstead Turnpike (Route 24) and Old Country Road.
  • $5.2 million for new overhead sign structures along seven South Shore roads in the towns of Babylon, Brookhaven and Islip.
  • The second phase of a two-part project covers five miles of the Southern State Parkway. About $2.7 million will be spent on guide rail replacement in Babylon and Islip from Belmont Avenue to the Sagtikos State Parkway. It also includes replacing guide rail on the Northern State Parkway in Smithtown between Commack Road (Suffolk County Route 4) and the end of the parkway at Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 454). 

A total of 20 new overhead signs are being installed on seven South Shore roads in Suffolk County. New sign panels are highly reflective, making them more visible to motorists -- especially at night and during storms.

Signs will be replaced along Sunrise Highway (Route 27) and its service roads. The project includes signs at Great Neck Road (Suffolk County Route 47) and Jerome Avenue and at Nicolls Road (Suffolk County Route 97).

Overhead sign structures guiding motorists on Route 110 northbound and from Route 231 to the Southern State Parkway will be replaced. 

Most work will be done either behind concrete barriers or at night to avoid disruption to drivers. All new signs are scheduled to be installed by the spring of 2021.

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