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Sep 11, 2015 4:35 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

DOT Almost Finished Installing Turnaround Lanes On Sunrise Highway

Workers are nearly done installing five turn around lanes for emergency vehicles between Speonk and Hampton Bays. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Sep 14, 2015 3:51 PM

Contractors are close to wrapping up an extensive median project on Sunrise Highway that began last summer and, when completed, will include the installation of some 18 miles of safety cables and five new turnarounds for emergency personnel.

Eileen Peters, a spokeswoman for the State Department of Transportation, said this week that workers are almost finished installing five turnarounds on the median between Speonk and Hampton Bays—work that has required the temporary closing of lanes in both directions at various points over the past several weeks.

The turnarounds, which are intended only for police and other emergency vehicles, are being installed at the following locations: two miles east of the County Road 111 exit in Manorville; 1.5 miles west of the Hampton Bays exit; 1,200 feet west of Newtown Road in Hampton Bays; 600 feet east of North Road in Hampton Bays; and half a mile west of Inlet Road in Shinnecock Hills.

That work is part of an estimated $5.7 million state project that called for the installation of a cable median between Patchogue and Southampton, in order to prevent head-on collisions. All of the work was contracted out by the state to Mana Construction Group Ltd. of Jericho, Ms. Peters said. The total price also includes the installation of 5.5 miles of cable barriers along the Long Island Expressway.

“It’s basically to provide a safe port for policemen and emergency vehicles to turn around,” Ms. Peters said, referring to the turnarounds that have been added to Sunrise Highway. “It reduces the distance between turnaround opportunities.”

Those installations came after crews spent several months installing the cable divider to separate the eastbound and westbound lanes of Sunrise Highway.

Ms. Peters said the project is now “substantially completed,” though she could not provide an exact date as to when the roadwork would be finished. The work was originally slated to be finished before the end of summer.

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