The majority of Montauk Highway in the Town of East Hampton will be getting a major facelift.
New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., I-Sag Harbor, said a third phrase in an ongoing highway resurfacing project on the state-owned thoroughfare will take place between Egypt Lane in East Hampton Village and Etna Avenue in Montauk to the tune of $24 million.
Thiele's office is not sure when the project will begin.
The first part of the resurfacing project repaired a 2.3-mile stretch of the highway from Stephen Hands Path to Route 114 this spring. It cost $1.53 million, Thiele said.
The second phase is scheduled to begin sometime after Labor Day. Ten miles of the highway, from County Road 39 to Stephen Hands Path will be resurfaced for $12.53 million, Thiele said.
"The importance of this highway cannot be underestimated. It is the only major road bringing people to and from the South Fork of Long Island," Thiele said. "There is no alternative route. It is the most highly trafficked road on eastern Long Island. Its condition is important to local residents, the second home industry, business and commerce, and local fire, ambulance, and emergency service workers. I have been fighting very hard for this day to come. I can finally say that the entire stretch from Southampton to Montauk will be repaved."
East Hampton Town Highway Superintendent Stephen Lynch said he was surprised to hear the state was undertaking this additional project, but he is glad to hear they are. "It's desperately needed," he said.