Construction that snarled traffic along Smithtown's West Main Street earlier this week was necessary for emergency utility repairs, according to New York Department of Transportation.
Eileen Peters, a spokeswoman for the DOT, said roadwork on Route 25/Smithtown Main Street on Monday and Tuesday was in response to a water main break.
Peters said Suffolk County Water Authority noticed a water main had ruptured on Monday and hired a contractor, New York Paving, under the SCWA’s annual permit with the NYS Department of Transportation to perform the work.
Crews tore up the northern side of West Main Street on Monday, then shifted Tuesday to work on the southern half of the roadway to patch and replace the pipes.
"The repairs ran late as the concrete repair was not ready to safely accept traffic," Peters said.
The roadwork and water main break was repaired late Tuesday and is not expected to require further work.