Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday morning that State Route 24, better known as Flanders Road, is one of a dozen roads across Long Island that will be repaved this fall.
According to a press release, the State Department of Transportation intends to repave the stretch of Flanders Road between the traffic circle in Riverside and Bellows Pond Road near Hampton Bays. Work on the road is scheduled to begin early in the season, according to officials in the governor’s office.
The resurfacing projects scheduled for the fall are expected to cost more than $100 million, and about $10 million of that is being set aside for Flanders Road, according to the governor’s office. Last week, State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. said he was trying to secure between $10 million and $15 million for the project.
The dozen roads on the list have been categorized by the governor and DOT as the most heavily damaged roads from this past winter.
Mr. Thiele, who has been lobbying for a solution along with State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, said he is pleased with the announcement.
“In light of the fatal accident on the road earlier this year, it was imperative that this project move forward to protect the safety of the motoring public,” he wrote in a prepared statement.
The fatal accident he was referring to took place in January, when a Public Service Electric and Gas company truck struck a car head-on, killing a 47-year-old grandmother from Hampton Bays. Some residents have blamed the condition of the worn and pothole-riddled road for the accident.
According to the DOT, most of the work along Flanders Road will be completed in stages this fall, during “off-peak” and nighttime hours. The project, part of the governor’s Driver’s First initiative, will pave more than 300 miles total across Long Island, according to the release.