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May 21, 2014 10:48 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Road Work In Front Of Cromer's Market To Begin This Week In Noyac

May 21, 2014 4:51 PM

Repaving work on Noyac Road near Cromer’s Market in Noyac will begin this week and will continue through the middle of July.

Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor said that crews from Verizon finished removing the last of the company’s utility poles from alongside the existing roadway on Monday, and that surveyors were to begin staking the construction area immediately. He said he expected the paving company handling the project, South Fork Asphalt, to begin its work as soon as the surveying is done.

Traffic lanes in both directions will remain open for most of the day throughout the two-month project, but motorists should expect delays along the busy road throughout the construction period.

“There may be times when we need to close one lane, and that will cause some additional delays, but for the most part we’re going to be maintaining two traffic lanes,” Mr. Gregor said on Tuesday. “We will start with the new roadway to the south first so we can redirect traffic to that as we work on the north side.”

Signs are posted on Noyac Road near Ferry Road and to the west of Millstone Road to direct motorists to detours around the construction area.

The project had been on hold from its intended start date of late last month while Verizon crews moved the last of their equipment to new poles along the north side of the new roadway. Verizon had to wait to begin its work until all other utilities had removed their equipment from the poles.

Verizon had originally forecast that it may not be able to finish its move until June because of equipment problems in other regions, Mr. Gregor said, which could have put off the paving work until the fall. But the company expedited the project and was able to complete the work by this week.

The repaving project will create about 300 feet of new roadway, on a slightly less severe curve than exists now, along with new traffic lane striping and signs intended to slow cars as they approach and pass the busy market.

The work will also create a new parking area along the front of Cromer’s and the neighboring Whalebone General Store, separated from the roadway by a 3-foot-wide concrete curb, with outlets to the road at either end. Additionally, new drainage basins will be installed on both sides of the stores to reduce the amount of rainwater runoff that streams toward nearby Noyac Bay after storms.

The project will cost approximately $500,000, some $20,000 of which will go to the repaving of privately owned parking and roadway—a portion of the project deemed necessary by Mr. Gregor, and thus covered by the public funds.

The project is more than a decade in the making and came about only after months of wrangling among Mr. Gregor, neighborhood residents and the Town Board. Initial designs that called for a nearby residential road to be made one-way and traffic leaving the stores to be routed through a residential neighborhood were scrapped after opposition from area residents and the owners of the stores. Mr. Gregor has emphasized that the most important need in the area was for a separation of the stores’ parking area and the roadway.

Mr. Gregor said that once traffic is rerouted to the new road and work is begun on the parking area in front of the stores, entering and exiting the businesses will have to be done “delicately.”

“It will be a busy area, and we’re going to do the best we can,” he said. “We ask that people have a little patience and drive carefully.”

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