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Travel Lanes Under Construction on Route 111

New York State Department of Transportation hopes additional lanes at the Route 347 intersection will ease congestion.

Hauppauge drivers have see the Route 347 construction area expand over the past two week, as construction workers moved heavy machinery onto Route 111. 

New York State Department of Transportation plans to widen Route 111 at the Route 347/Nesconset Highway intersection in effort to increase mobility reduce traffic along one of Hauppauge's main arteries. 

"Turning lanes and through lanes will be added to get more cars through each time, there's only so much time for each green light," said Eileen Peters, a spokeswoman for New York DOT. 

The travel lanes will start just south of the McDonald's on Route 111, behind the Hauppauge Shopping Center, and extend just north of the Hess gas station. As part of the widening, construction crews will have to install new drainage, curbs, sidewalks and repave the indicated section of roadway. 

The construction is associated with the Route 347 greenway project. The New York State Department of Transportation began work on the road more than a year ago to transform the North Shore artery into the Long Island's first greenway, a roadway conceived with pedestrians and the environment in mind. The area outside the diner is only part of phase one. When that segment is finished, the workers will move down the road.

In addition, construction crews are also reinforcing and repairing the Long Island Expressway overpass to Route 111. Peters said its is part of a larger project that aims to repair 9 steel bridges between Suffolk and Nassau counties at a cost of   $11,528,000. The projected end date for the entire project is June 30, 2013. 

Linda April 17, 2012 at 01:45 AM
So, you're saying that they are putting extra lanes just to get you thru the intersection, then once you're on the other side of the light everyone has to squeeze back together into one lane???? That never works out well, especially with idiots who won't let you in. I guess it speeds people thru the intersection but it doesn't help with accidents. I also hate that they put 2 turning lanes from 347 onto Brooksite Drive. The same thing happens -- as soon as you make the turn everyone has to merge into one lane and people drive like idiots. Instead of merging one at a time they all try to be first and get ahead.
E Baum April 18, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Who are the people who design these roads? Did they get their civil engineering degrees from Walmart? I doubt this 111 expansion is going to do much, and then we have to suffer through the brilliant idea or roundaboutssssssss along Main Street. Arghhh
Christopher D'Antonio April 18, 2012 at 05:24 AM
More of the same when it comes to traffic engineering on Long Island is set to reach its natural limitation. We shouldn't continue only looking to roadway widening to solve our traffic problems. We need to balance our transportation systems and provide for the use of alternative modes. Hauppauge has a very real center which is only undermined by its failure to allow for the safe conduct of pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders between shops, restaurants, offices, and institutions.
René Meyer April 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM
How many times has this intersection been redesigned since we first moved here in 1960? None of them were ever truly satisfactory.
Rose April 23, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Ugh! I didn't mean to delete!! To long to retype on cellphone! :-(

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