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$12.5 Million Plan to Rehab Montauk Highway Clears Hurdle

Highway paving project from Water Mill to Wainscott expected to start after Labor Day.

A 10-mile stretch of Montauk Highway, beginning at the the intersection of Stephen Hands Path in Wainscott continuing to the eastern end of County Road 39A in Southampton, will be repaved later this year.

New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, of Sag Harbor, announced Monday that the state Department of Transportation has agreed to amend the Transportation Improvement Plan to include $12.5 million for the project, which will be paid for by state and federal funds.

Thiele said he and 10 other elected officials on the South Fork wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald on Feb. 7 asking that a scheduled reconstruction of 2.3 miles of Montauk Highway from Stephen Hands Path to State Route 114 be expanded to include this additional 10 miles.

Cuomo and McDonald responded quickly and favorably, Thiele said.

The 2.3 miles will be paved this spring, and the work on the additional 10 miles will begin after Labor Day, according to Thiele's office.

"It is essential for both local residents and the substantial second home industry," Thiele said of Montauk Highway, which he called the most heavily trafficked road on the South Fork. "It is important for business and commerce in that the delivery of goods and services as well as the transportation of workers and tradesmen depend on this road. Most important, local fire, ambulance, and emergency service workers depend on this road to do their jobs, particularly to transport patients to Southampton Hospital."

Additionally, Montauk Highway is the South Fork's only evacuation route, and rehabilitating the road will lead to much-needed construction jobs and foster the tourism-based economy, he said.

Thiele encouraged local elected officials and members of the public to submit comments to the Department of Transportation before Friday's deadline, by writing to davis.drits@dot.ny.gov or New York Metropolitan Transportation Council; Attn: David Drits; 199 Water Street, 22nd Floor; New York, NY 10038, or by calling 212 383-7268.

matt stutterheim March 19, 2013 at 05:01 PM
The roads out here aren't even worthy of a third-world country. Compare our roads to major highways in Norther Europe, or in many other states. Our roads become hazardous after a year or two. I can only surmise that we choose the lowest bidder, or that bidders are not adhering to specifications (dare I say graft or corruption?). Everybody else seems to get it right, so why not the East End?
chris russo March 19, 2013 at 11:00 PM
all the state highways are disintegrating starting two years after they are resurfaced. the problem is the asphalt mix the state is specing, NOBODY else (county towns or villages will use it.
Solusipse March 20, 2013 at 02:32 PM
"It is essential for both local residents and the substantial second home industry," Thiele said of Montauk Highway,...local fire, ambulance, and emergency service workers depend on this road to do their jobs, particularly to transport patients to Southampton Hospital." HE COULD, AND SHOULD, BE SAYING THE SAME ABOUT EAST HAMPTON AIRPORT, a vital link in East End safety as well as its economy. Petty political petulance fueled by illogical propaganda pertaining to helicopter noise which is unrelated to runway repairs, weather reporting and deer fencing has deprived the Town of more than $3Million in Federal Funds available for the asking with no strings other than to spend the funds on those and other airport improvements which are needed for safety and will contribute to economic stability and noise abatement at no cost to the East Hampton taxpayers.
S.B. Bonacker March 20, 2013 at 03:00 PM
This stretch of highway is a disgrace. Local Officials should have started putting major pressure on the state 2 years ago. It's almost un-driveable, I have had too many busted rims and blown tires and it sickens me to think we're still going to have to wait 6 months before the work starts. Why can't the local highway dept. at least patch up and smooth over the deep holes and trenches NOW, and then just send the bill to the state?
Pat Mansir March 20, 2013 at 05:29 PM
I think we need to know ifthey are just going to rip up present road and replace it or if they are going to widen the road like County Rd 39 in Southampton.
ViralGrain March 20, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Concrete plan or more assfault spending, time and delays? Not only is asphalt a petroleum-based product that infiltrates petroleum products into our water supply. Asphalt costs allot more in the long run. It doesn't last and looks bad after a year. With inflation on the rise and material prices climbing, concrete would be the best choice. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for.
Tom Friedman March 20, 2013 at 05:54 PM
The Piece of Rte 27 in front of Reutershan and LVIS is the biggest disgrace. For years it is an eyesore and dangerous to cars and bicycles as well.

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