DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCES START OF $23 MILLION BRIDGE REPLACEMENT ON LONG ISLAND
Work on Route 110 over Sunrise Highway is Under Way; Temporary Bridge to Carry Traffic During Construction
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll today announced that work is under way on a $23 million project to replace the bridge carrying State Route 110 over the Sunrise Highway (State Route 27) in Amityville, Suffolk County. The design-build project will improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and the approximately 90,000 motorists who travel over and under this bridge each day.
“The Route 110 Bridge replacement is one more example of our commitment to providing safe transportation infrastructure for all who live, work and visit Long Island,â€ Commissioner Driscoll said. “In addition, we’re building this bridge using a method that saves time, money, and limits the traffic impact through Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First Program.â€
When completed, the Route 110 Bridge will have a wider span with larger shoulders and sidewalks to improve the safety of motorists and pedestrians. In addition, the new bridge will have increased vertical clearance above the Sunrise Highway to help reduce the possibility of bridge strikes from below. The project includes reconstruction of the road approaching the bridge as well as new traffic signals, signs, guide rails, pavement and pavement markings.
In keeping with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Drivers First Initiative, four travel lanes will be maintained at all times during construction. A temporary bridge and sidewalk will be built to carry traffic and pedestrians while the existing bridge is demolished and replaced. Any required lane closures on the Sunrise Highway beneath the bridge will occur during off-peak travel times. Off-peak, midday travel lane closures are expected to begin early this fall.
Congressman Peter King said, “This replacement project will provide a new, safe and cost efficient bridge which balances the needs of our motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Great news not only for the residents of Amityville but Suffolk County as a whole.â€
Senator Michael Venditto said, “The Route 110 bridge over Sunrise Highway, with over 90,000 cars that travel on it each day, is a very critical component of our infrastructure system in the Eight Senate District. I am very pleased that by working together with the New York State Department of Transportation, we can replace the bridge with a safer, modern bridge for all of our residents.â€
Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre said, “It is vital that New York State continues to invest in infrastructure initiatives. By replacing this bridge the Department of Transportation will greatly aid commuters and residents who rely on this highway each and every day.â€
The design-build team is being led by Picone/Bove JV of Lawrence, Nassau County. The team was selected through the Best Value procurement method, which scores proposals based on cost and a set of value criteria, including the contractor’s technical ability to perform the work. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2017.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.