The two main arteries into the Springs will get some $12 million in repaving and drainage upgrades starting in 2017.
The Suffolk County Legislature this week approved $1.3 million for the design and planning of repaving, drainage upgrades, curbing and the extension of some sidewalks along Springs-Fireplace Road and Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road, according to Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman’s office.
The Suffolk County Department of Public Works will conduct surveying of the two roadways early next year.
The project will repave the majority of both roads, between the intersection of Three Mile Harbor Road and North Main Street and Hog Creek Road, and the entirety of Springs-Fireplace Road. On Springs-Fireplace Road, decades old concrete panels will be covered with asphalt. Mr. Schneiderman’s office said that the concrete panels, which have wide expansion joints between them because the concrete expands and contracts with changing temperatures, have contributed to road noise problems with crumbling pavement where the concrete roadway was widened with an asphalt shoulder.
The repaving will be accompanied by new drainage to alleviate chronic flooding, particularly along Three Mile Harbor Road, during periods of heavy rains.
New curbs will be installed and new sidewalks will be constructed alongside Springs-Fireplace Road in some locations yet to be determined.
The county has said that the work on Springs-Fireplace will cost approximately $6.5 million and $5.5 million for the work on Three Mile Harbor Road.
“These two roadways are so important to the residents of Springs,” Mr. Schneiderman, who will leave the County Legislature after 12 years to become the supervisor of Southampton Town in January, said in a press release. “It has been a problem for years, and I am happy to be a part of the solution.”