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Traffic Alert: Bridge work to force nighttime LIE closures at Exit 61

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Nighttime Long Island Expressway closures around Patchogue-Holbrook Road at Exit 61 are expected to start on Tuesday, July 5, for a bridge rehabilitation project, state Department of Transportation officials announced today.

Starting Tuesday, lanes will be closed eastbound Sunday through Thursday between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and/or westbound starting July 7 Monday through Thursday during those same times.

The nightly closures are expected to continue for about four weeks, and “then continue intermittently as needed thereafter until the bridge project is complete,” reads a DOT advisory.

Traffic detours will direct motorists to service roads around 10 p.m. on work nights.

The closures are needed to preserve the structural integrity of the vehicle and pedestrian overpass, and the work includes a new structural bridge deck; new roadway approaches; wider shoulder lanes; a new safer sidewalk; improved traffic signals; and new landscaping.

Although Patchogue-Holbrook Road’s planted center medians needed to be temporarily removed for the construction, the median and plantings will later be restored, DOT officials assured.

The DOT will keep the bridge open during construction, with single lanes being closed intermittently on the LIE north and south service roads between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, however the sidewalks have been temporarily eliminated.

A daily pedestrian shuttle service across the bridge is available Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The on-demand shuttle service may be accessed via phone at a taxi shelter on the site.

The project can always take longer if weather doesn’t cooperate, officials note. 

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For real-time travel information motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org, New York State’s official traffic and travel information source. Motorists may also obtain travel information from the INFORM Transportation Management Center cameras at www.INFORMNY.com

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About the author: Michael White

Michael White is a Bellport resident, longtime newspaper reporter and editor, and the owner of greaterpatchogue.com. Email him your story ideas or tips: mike@greaterpatchogue.com