Project builds on previous rehabilitation work on roadway.
Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the completion of a $32.7 million project that rehabilitated a 1.7-mile stretch of State Route 112 in Suffolk County, enhancing safety and mobility along a key roadway for Long Island motorists. The project made a host of upgrades between Granny Road and the Long Island Expressway interchange in the Town of Brookhaven, making it better able to accommodate the region's growing population and bustling commercial destinations - including the nearby Country Fair Entertainment and Event Park.
The newly completed work builds on the success of an earlier rehabilitation project on an adjacent portion of State Route 112 that was completed in 2017. Together, the two projects modernized more than three miles of this busy road which runs across Long Island from Port Jefferson on the Long Island Sound to Patchogue on the Great South Bay.
"As we continue to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and our economy strengthens, it's imperative that we keep investing in a transportation network prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century," Governor Hochul said. "Projects like this demonstrate our commitment to giving communities in Suffolk and across the state the roads that can move people and goods efficiently and safely for years to come."
Improvements included wider travel lanes, new turning lanes at key intersections, pull-off areas for buses, new drains for stormwater runoff and a landscaped median. Dedicated lanes for bicyclists were created in both directions. Additionally, new sidewalks, curb ramps, reflective pavement markings and crossing signals were installed to enhance safety for pedestrians.
The previous $16.7 million project along State Route 112 began in 2015 and refurbished the portion of the road from Granny Road northward to State Route 25 (Middle Country Road).
Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "All across Long Island, New York State is making investments in projects that are vital to improving our infrastructure, our economy and the quality of life for local residents. The improvements to State Route 112 will help keep people and goods moving safely and efficiently in this region for many years to come."
State Senator Mario Mattera said, "To rebuild our economy, it is critical that our state invests in important infrastructure projects like the Route 112 project. These completed upgrades will make traveling on this stretch of road more convenient for area residents and help make local businesses more accessible to potential customers. I thank all of the hardworking men and women of labor for all they have done to enhance our entire region."
State Senator Alexis Weik said, "Route 112 was in desperate need of rehabilitation and today's announcement is welcome news for motorist safety, improving traffic congestion, beautification of the area, and improving pedestrian walkways, all of which will greatly support this growing business corridor."
Assemblymember Joe DeStefano said, "Thank you to the residents of Suffolk County and all that travel Route 112 for their patience as this project comes to a close. We look forward to the completion of this project. With the addition of funding to infrastructure throughout the State of New York we look forward to making our roads and communities safer for all to travel."
Motorists are urged to slow down and drive responsibly throughout the work zone. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual's driver license.