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Feb 18, 2009 1:27 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Water Mill roadwork will run through summer

Feb 18, 2009 1:27 PM

Engineering snags have delayed the reconstruction of the culvert running under Route 27 at the western entrance to downtown Water Mill, though state transportation officials say the project is still scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

Construction crews have completed work started last summer on the sidewalks, repaving, and new walls on the bridge above the culvert, but have yet to start repairs to the culvert itself because of difficulties in keeping the water running beneath the bridge during construction.

“It has turned out to be a bit more difficult than anticipated,” New York State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Eileen Peters said this week. “It’s a matter of providing the contractor more room to work. They’re working on revised plans now.”

A steel cofferdam will be erected around the mouth of the culvert to lower the water level in the construction area while the new culvert is built.

The culvert connects the brackish waters of Mecox Bay with the freshwater of Mill Pond. Only the Mecox Bay side of the culvert is being refurbished.

Ms. Peters said the setbacks have not changed the expected timeline for the culvert repair, which is due to be completed by December 2009.

When construction on the south side of the culvert begins, both the eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic will be re-routed to the north side of the road. Ms. Peters said that the most disruptive work would be scheduled for spring and fall to minimize the disruption of traffic in the summer.

michael wright

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