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Smithtown Officials Plan to Rebuild Two Roads

Bids go out for for construction on Hawkins Road in Smithtown and Margaret Ave in Nesconset.

Smithtown officials are seeking bids from contractors in preparations to reconstruct two roadways when the weather warms up.

Smithtown Town board voted unanimously to open bids for a full depth reclamation of various town roads. The two roads that will be fully reclaimed, or reconstructed from the base level up, are Hawkins Road in Smithtown and Margaret Avenue in Nesconset.

"It's taking a road that is in bad shape, beating it up and recycling it back into roadway," said Glenn Jorgensen, Smithtown's Highway Superintendent. 

Jorgensen said Hawkins Road and Margaret Drive have been neglected over the years, progressively growing worse. These two roads are in such bad condition that a new layer of asphalt won't cut it. 

The process, called a full-depth reclamation, will use special machinery to take up the roadway that exists, break it up and reuse the asphalt by mixing it with emulsion to form a new base for the road, according to Jorgensen. Then a fresh asphalt will be laid down. 

"It's really going green," Jorgensen said. "I don't have to do a lot of hauling. It uses materials that are already there."

While Hawkins Avenue and Margaret Avenue are among the top priorities, Jorgensen said he expects to add more roads to this list as is beginning to draft up his 2013 Road Program.

Each year, Smithtown Highway Department puts forth a road program informing residents which roadways will be reconstructed or repaved by mid-spring. 

We're curious, what local roads do you think are in desperate need of repaving? Tell us what should go on the town's priority list in the comments below.

Argile February 01, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Certain parts of Lake Ave need to be repaved. But my question is will the work be done by union or non union? And if it's non union will the residents of Smithtown have to deal with the whining by union because they didn't get the job?
JMR February 01, 2013 at 05:41 PM
It's Hawkins Avenue, not Road. And yes, it is long overdue!
NR February 02, 2013 at 04:56 AM
Could the Highway Department fill the potholes on Hawkins Avenue in the meantime to mitigate possible tire damage? There is one on the northbound side in the gully between the catch basins; another, larger one is further north on the same side of the road next to the school district property.
Michael K February 02, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Wildwood Lane from Maple Ave to Juniper Ave. in Smithtown. Great job last year on the temporary repairs on Brooksite Drive and Juniper Ave. Keep up the good work Glen, thank you...
jayce February 03, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Nissequuogue River Road was done last year. Thankyou Glen! It took years for this to be done. However the only area on the whole road with erosion and run-off is between Tidemill and Old Mill. A little curbing? Otherwise beautiful job!

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