'I'll deal with it' - Drivers say monthslong LIE repavement project is a necessary evil

Drivers say while the monthslong repavement of the Long Island Expressway is inconvenient, it is necessary to improve the rough road conditions.

News 12 Staff

Aug 24, 2022, 2:23 AM

Updated 632 days ago

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Drivers say while the monthslong repavement of the Long Island Expressway is inconvenient, it is necessary to improve the rough road conditions.
The $160 million renewal project is being done in increments, at four weeks at a time. This causes traffic to be limited to one lane or complete closures in either direction.
Philip Houghton, of Holtsville, says the project causes major traffic issues in the overnight hours.
“Even at 2 a.m., it took me like an hour to go to 30 exits. That was rough because it was a seven-hour drive. I just wanted to get home,” he says.
While Houghton says there's some frustration with the work being done, he's also 100% on board with improved roads, because he says his car has taken a beating.
“It's a little annoying, but I'll deal with it if it means we could have smoother roads,” he says.
Zachary Audley commutes everyday from just outside New York City to Riverhead. He says while the repaving is an inconvenience, there’s no right time for it to happen to make everyone happy.
“You've got people traveling on the LIE all day and every day,” he says. “Even at night time I see traffic at 11 p.m., just for them to start paving.”
The Department of Transportation told News 12 in a statement, "Work in the eastbound direction is nearly complete and the westbound side is on schedule for full completion by the end of the year, as originally announced.”


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