Long Island, NY - June 27, 2016 - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) advised motorists to be prepared for heavy traffic on Monday, July 4, 2016, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. near Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park in Suffolk County.
Motor vehicle traffic on the following state parkways and state and local roadways in close proximity to the site may be affected, including:
- Northern State Parkway
- Sagtikos Parkway
- Southern State Parkway
- Sunken Meadow Parkway
Attendance at Sunken Meadow State Park for past Fourth of July holidays has caused morning and afternoon gridlock and serious traffic disruptions on the aforementioned roadways and tributaries.
If possible, avoid Sunken Meadow and Sagtikos Parkways. Possible closings may occur at these locations due to heavy traffic. Drivers wishing to avoid delays and possible road closures should avoid the Sunken Meadow Parkway interchanges from mid-morning through late-afternoon.
Sunken Meadow State Park often fills to capacity. Park visitors may want to consider Heckscher State Park in East Islip as an alternative.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 65 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com.