Montauk Highway, between Egypt Lane in East Hampton Village and South Etna Avenue in Montauk, will be repaved as part three of the long-awaited Montauk Highway resurfacing project, according to State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.
Construction on the 14.5-mile, $24 million project is expected to begin in the spring of 2014 in addition to the resurfacing of 10 miles from County Road 39 to Stephen Hand’s Path, a $12.53 million project announced earlier this year. Both phases are slated to be finished by Memorial Day weekend, Mr. Thiele said.
Last spring the first phase of the project—a 2.3-mile stretch from Stephen Hand’s Path to Route 114, which cost $1.53 million—was wrapped up.
Mr. Thiele said all work will be done in the off season so that traffic isn’t backed up even more than it is in the summer. The State Department of Transportation will plan out any detours beginning this fall. Mr. Thiele added that, based on prior experience, the width of the road and shoulders will enable crews to keep the road open.
He said that the road is in great need of a facelift.
A letter he and other officials sent to the state in February called the condition of the road “deplorable” and compared it to the surface of the moon.
U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and local mayors Paul Rickenbach (East Hampton Village), Brian Gilbride (Sag Harbor), Mark Epley (Southampton Village), Don Louchheim (Sagaponack) and Laura Nolan (North Haven) also signed the letter.
“Montauk Highway between East Hampton and Southampton, really the entire stretch, hasn’t been repaved. Some places are in deplorable—it’s patches on top of patches on top of patches,” Mr. Thiele said this week. “Its condition is important to local residents, the second-home industry, business and commerce, and local fire, ambulance and emergency service workers.”