04/04/14 4:02pm
04/04/2014 4:02 PM
State workers trimmed trees on Friday to prep for Monday's work on E. Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

State workers trimmed trees on Friday to prep for Monday’s work on E. Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Construction is expected to start Monday on Main Street as the State Department of Transportation begins installing four miles of new sidewalks along Route 25, through downtown Riverhead.

While state workers were cutting trees this week downtown, work is expected to start in earnest on Monday. Hours will generally be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., however officials said construction could also take place during off-peak hours to minimize effect on businesses.

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03/20/14 8:00am
03/20/2014 8:00 AM

A downtown sidewalk on East Main Street in need of repair. The state Department of Transportation is expected to start repairing and replacing the sidewalks this spring. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Before long, you’ll be able to take a stroll downtown without tripping over uneven sidewalks.

The highly anticipated downtown Riverhead sidewalk repairs will begin this spring and should be completed before the end of the year, according to the state Department of Transportation.  (more…)

02/16/13 12:30pm
02/16/2013 12:30 PM
George Woodson of Riverhead

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Highway Superintendent George Woodson uses heavy equipment to clear Marcy Avenue at 4:30 last Saturday.

Two Department of Transportation officials from Long Island were suspended in the wake of last week’s snow storm that dumped as much as 30 inches of snow on the region, the Associated Press reported.

The officials were suspended 30 days without pay, the AP reported.

The Long Island Expressway was closed throughout the day last Sunday between exit 57 and Riverhead, two days after the storm.

To read more about the suspensions, click here for the story.

Click here for this week’s editorial in the News-Review on how Riverhead Town responded to the storm.

09/27/11 8:46am
09/27/2011 8:46 AM

BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO | Road work continued on West Main Street Friday.

The five-mile Main Street road project in Riverhead will now involve daytime resurfacing work, which a state Department of Transportation official warned would likely cause traffic delays in the weeks ahead.

Work on the current two-week phase, which covers drainage repair and the striping of old pavement between Mill Road and Long Island Expressway, is still under way, according to DOT spokesperson Eileen Peters. The project began in the middle of last week.

The second phase which includes the road between Mill Road and Raynor Avenue, could begin by the end of this week, Ms. Peters said. The third phase which will occur between Raynor Avenue and Town Hall and the final phase will be on the road between Town Hall and the eastern intersection with Route 58.

The project originally only called for resurfacing work between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and the DOT was originally expected to work on the shoulders during the day and repave the lanes at night, but changed course because the current plan is more efficient.

Work between the Long Island Expressway and Raynor Avenue, as well as work between Town Hall and Main Street’s eastern intersection with Route 58, will now occur during the day.

No road closures are expected during that time, although traffic will be detoured around construction.

“No lanes will be closed during the day, but traffic will be ‘shifted’ onto the available pavement,” Ms. Peters said in an e-mail. “One lane in each direction will remain open during the day.”

Night work will occur between Raynor Avenue and Town Hall, with one lane closed and alternating lanes of traffic being allowed to pass.

“The roadway will be repaved between the shoulders first, followed by the shoulders being repaved toward the end of the projects,” Ms. Peters said.

The project is still expected to take eight weeks to complete. Ms. Peters stressed that the timeline may be affected by weather conditions.

vchinese@timesreview.com