A road renovation project to repave a four-mile stretch of the Long Island Expressway extending from the Queens border to Exit 37 in Roslyn Heights has been completed, state Department of Transportation officials said Friday.
The $9.5 million project is part of a $100 million state initiative to repair more than 100 miles of Long Island roadways damaged by snowstorms last winter, officials said.
The resurfacing of an additional 10 miles from Exit 37 and Willis Avenue to Exit 46 and Sunnyside Boulevard in Queens has been scheduled to begin this fall.
“Millions of Long Island motorists will now enjoy a smoother, safer ride on one of the busiest roadways in New York,” state Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said in her statement.
Construction began in mid July during night time hours, officials said. Workers removed the top layer of pavement from the eastbound and westbound lines and made repairs as needed, then repaved the roadway with new asphalt.
Pavement markings and grooved roadway delineations meant to prevent drifting were also installed along the Long Island Expressway, officials said. Vehicle detectors and parts of the Department of Transportation’s traffic notification loops were also replaced.
The Department of Transportation informed motorists of lane closures through its electronic roadway signs and offered detours via service roads on the Long Island Expressway’s north and south lines. \
Traffic signal times were also modified to maintain a steady traffic flow during construction, officials said.
Officials said more than 200,000 motorists use that section of the Long Island Expressway each day, but motorists were not affected during high frequency travel times because construction took place at night.