Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 04 April 2013 00:00
The Jericho Turnpike repaving project in Mineola will resume April 8, according to sources close to the project. Work will be done at night to minimize the impact on traffic conditions in the area. Sources say the village’s portion of the project will be completed by the second week in May.
The entire repaving project runs the length of Jericho Turnpike from the New York City line in Floral Park to Glen Cove Road. The project was originally supposed to end at Herricks Road just outside the village, but was extended through prodding by State Sen. Jack Martins and Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss.
Crews went through the village in late July and early August 2012 doing preliminary work on sidewalks and handicapped accessible ramps. After crews are finished with roadwork from Herricks Road to Glen Cove Road, highway workers will go back to the city line and pave east to Herricks Road.
Strauss learned Friday, March 22 that the village project would pick up steam in April.
“Right now, they’re on for April,” Strauss said. “I’m glad [the state] didn’t wait until the end of the season. Jericho Turnpike, as we all know, certainly needs the repaving. It needs to be addressed. It will be a little bit of an inconvenience at times; minimal at best. The end result is going to be good.”
Tully Construction was contracted to do the work in Mineola by New York State. Jericho Turnpike was originally broken down into three segments.
Section 1 consisted of Herricks Road to Willis Avenue. Section 2 encompassed Willis to Frank Avenue while Frank through to the eastern border of Mineola is considered Section 3.
“If they’re doing everything they said they were supposed to do in the fall, I guess [the segments] would be the same,” Village Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini said.
The mill and pave portion of the project, tearing up of the roadway and the laying of asphalt down on the roadbed, will start next week, sources said. Paving work will begin April 15.
State reps met with the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) two weeks ago. DOT officials did not return calls for comment, but Martins confirmed they presented an itinerary of work schedules and completion dates.
“There’s going to be a period of some uneven roadway, similar to what we experienced in the village when we do our village roads,” Martins stated. “You have the milling, you have the scraping of the road to prepare the road for paving. The paving should go pretty quickly.”
Martins estimated that it’s been 30 years since the turnpike has been repaved. He called it a “positive project that’s long overdue.”
“It’s a project we have been pushing for well over 10 years,” he said.
Tully completed preliminary repairs along the turnpike last year. The plan hit a snag due to weather and the contractor’s previous commitments to other projects. Prep work on curbs and corners started before crews were pulled off the site.
“It appears that Tully is back on track,” Martins said. “I think we’ve all seen the project advancing in Floral Park and areas of New Hyde Park. In Bellerose, you see the medians going in. That’s all part of the project. They have been advancing the project pretty quickly through the winter.”
Sections of the turnpike will be closed down from time to time when paving occurs at intersections of the turnpike and side streets, according to Rini.
“They work at night so they’d come through half the intersection and do the other half,” he said. “They’ll keep traffic flowing or they’ll detour it around. I don’t know for a fact, but that’s how I would do it.”