The North Road in the area underneath the Shinnecock Canal Bridge overpass in Hampton Bays will remain closed until March 15 after weather delays, including the Feb 8 blizzard, stalled the project.
According to Conti Construction, the contractor working for the MTA/LIRR on the project, the closure has been extended from a original re-open date of Feb. 28.
The time to complete the project has had a number of residents upset, one of which wrote an op/ed questioning the timeline of the project. He believes the project, which started in October 2011, should be done already.
- Op/Ed: What's Taking the LIRR So Long?
The $26.2 million project, which was anticipated to take two years, the MTA has reported, will extend the lives of the Montauk Highway Bridge, the Shinnecock Canal Bridge, the North Road Bridge by 40 years with waterproofing, new drainage systems, fresh paint and the replacement of bearings and bridge seats.
All of the bridges were built in the early part of the 20th century with the North Highway Bridge being built in 1907, the Montauk Highway bridge in 1929 and the Shinnecock Canal Bridge constructed in 1931, according to the MTA.
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