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Traffic Signal, Drainage Work Unfinished on Route 347 Expansion

Traffic Signals, drainage systems still require work; contractors bidding underway for next two segments of project.

Construction along Route 347 will resume in the spring as officials put the finishing touches in the Smithtown-Hauppauge area and begin moving east. 

Eileen Peters, spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Transportation, said most of the substantial work along the one-mile stretch of Route 347 between Route 454/Veterans Highway east to Route 111/Wheeler Road has been substantially completed. Workers are hoping to put on the finishing touches by late spring 2013 before the project moves east. 

"The majority of construction was completed before the Christmas holidays before severe cold weather set in," Peters said. 

To complete the current stretch between Route 454 and Route 111, workers will be evaluating and finalizing traffic signals and finishing various drainage projects. There will be construction near the intersection of Route 347 and Route 111 as the drainage recharge basin is finished, which will be planted with greenery and is designed serve as rest stop for bike riders and pedestrians.

This first one-mile stretch of the Route 347 greenway project was slated to be completed by August 2012, and will finish behind schedule. With some work remaining, it's not clear whether the project has stayed on its $26.8 million budget. 

"A complete tally of the final costs is currently underway. This includes a final accounting of the quantities of materials used and the adjustments that were made to meet actual conditions in-the-field. A final cost will not be available until after project completion," Peters said in written statement. 

DOT is already looking to move construction eastwards, moving along Route 347 from Route 111/Wheeler Road east to Mount Pleasant Road. Residents have voted to have sound walls installed along this stretch of the roadway to reduce noise from the roadway this fall. 

The state has called for interested contractors to submit their bid for the project by Feb. 25. Then DOT will evaluate the proposals and choose a design-build team by mid-March, according to Peters. 

Action is also picking up at the other end of Route 347 project, as the DOT has started accepting bids on Jan. 10 for the reconstruction of the Route 347 and Route 112 intersection. Peters said the DOT is in the process of determining the lowest bid before awarding the contract.

The DOT's plans call for adding a third travel along to Route 347 within a half-mile distance of the Route 112 intersection. A jug handle will also constructed to allow drivers to make easier turns between Route 347 and Route 112. 

Earl February 05, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Narrow lanes are only going to cause accidents, wait and see. The road is also not going to be 3 lanes. In small sections it will, as it already was, and all that does is cause more traffic slowdowns. The idiots that came up with this plan need to find a new career. As someone who has taken this route for more than 15 years every day, I can tell you it continues to get worse, and this project has done nothing to help, and will not until they eliminate a lot of the traffic lights. I get caught most mornings at 3/4 of the lights on this stretch of road, that does wonders for vastly reduced MPGs on vehicles, so way to go with a green project! Morons.
Bill March 19, 2013 at 07:47 PM
What a joke this project has been. 3 years to plant some shrubs and a couple bus stops along 2 miles of roadway? Who is running this project? There hasn't been ANY communication with area residents. For a long stretch of time it was an adventure on any given morning figuring out which route from Smithtown to the LIE would be impeded. Would it have been so hard to put a daily update on a website or maybe tweet the info? My favorite part of this improvement is the "calming effect" the new roadway will have.
Earl March 20, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I love the new lights also at the crosswalks on either side of Rt 111. As you approach the intersection, from a distance you can see a green and red light at the same time. Green for the walkway (which I can guarantee will never be used) and red for the intersection, That's not too dangerous now is it? I state again, morons that came up with this so called "plan".
swataz April 14, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Can't wait for the project to make my wife's commute a misery for the next year or so.
Dave M. April 15, 2013 at 12:37 AM
What exactly have we gained, except a raised median that has to be watered so it doesn't die? Somebody's making some big bucks on this boondoggle. Who???

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