10/28/14 5:37pm
10/28/2014 5:37 PM


Two westbound lanes on the Long Island Expressway will be closed between exits 70 and 71 tonight and Thursday night as workers perform “major repairs” of the Halsey Manor Road Bridge, a New York State Department of Transportation spokesperson said Tuesday.

One lane will remain open between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. both nights (weather permitting) while the repairs are made to the bridge, which was recently damaged by a truck in a crash. Drivers are urged to use alternate routes or they will experience delays.

09/30/14 6:51pm
09/30/2014 6:51 PM
(Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The van spun across three lanes of traffic on the LIE before crashing into the woods Tuesday. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A woman was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center after a Honda van crashed into the woods off the Long Island Expressway Tuesday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.  (more…)

01/02/14 4:35pm
01/02/2014 4:35 PM

UPDATE: Officials announced that the LIE will remain closed in both directions until 8 a.m., limiting traffic to emergency personnel.

ORIGINAL STORY: Long Island Expressway will be closed to traffic at midnight tonight, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced, as a snowstorm dumps anywhere from five to nine inches of snow tonight into Friday morning.

The LIE will be closed until at least 5 a.m. and a decision to reopen the highway will be made between 3:30 and 4 a.m., Mr. Cuomo said.

Mr. Cuomo said a state-wide state of emergency has been declared and he urged residents to stay off the roads.

In Riverhead, highway superintendent Gio Woodson said his crews are ready for the storm. Click here to read more.

12/11/13 10:59am
12/11/2013 10:59 AM


An unidentified Riverhead woman was the driver involved in a fatal pedestrian accident in Holtsville on the Long Island Expressway Tuesday night, Suffolk County police said in a press release.

Ryan Marshall, 24, of Coram was driving a 2005 Honda CRV eastbound on the LIE when his vehicle ran out of gas between exits 62 and 63, police said.

He was walking across the eastbound lanes when he was struck by a 2006 Ford minivan heading east in the HOV lane at about 7:50 p.m., officials said.

“It appears that [Mr. Marshall] may have been trying to cross the expressway to get to a Suffolk County Highway Patrol officer that was stopped on the expressway’s center median,” police said in a statement.

Mr. Marshall was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner, police said.

Police described the driver of the Ford as a 55-year-old woman who works for DSS. She was not injured and remained at the scene after the accident, officials said. No other details about the driver were immediately available.

The Ford was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing, police said.

10/01/13 12:30pm
10/01/2013 12:30 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | A tractor trailer carrying gravel crashed an LIE exit ramp Tuesday, the second 18-wheeler accident that morning.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | A tractor trailer carrying gravel crashed an LIE exit ramp Tuesday, the second 18-wheeler accident that morning.

Just hours after a tractor trailer crashed onto its side at a Long Island Expressway exit ramp, a second tractor trailer has rolled over just a few hundred feet from the first accident site, Riverhead Town police said.

The 18-wheeler hauling a gravel mix was driving on the Exit 73 off-ramp when it tilted and crashed onto its side shortly before noon, police at the scene said.

Riverhead police Sgt. Stephen Palmer said the driver had been driving “a little too fast” and lost control of the trailer.

The road had just been reopened following the earlier crash.

The driver in the second crash suffered non life-threatening injuries and was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment.

Riverhead and Suffolk County police were called to the scene, as well as Riverhead firefighters, who cleaned up fuel that spilled from the truck. Police closed the LIE between Exits 72 and 73 as the scene was cleared. As of 1 p.m., the road was still closed.

The crash was the second tractor trailer rollover accident in less than 12 hours.

In the earlier crash, a tractor trailer carrying groceries for local convenience stories crashed onto its side about 3:45 a.m. after its driver swerved on the same exit ramp to avoid a deer, shutting the road down for seven hours.

No one was seriously hurt in that first crash.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A towing company employee watches on as the overturned tractor trailer is righted at Exit 73 of the LIE.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A towing company employee watches on as the overturned tractor trailer is righted at Exit 73 of the LIE Tuesday morning. Hours later, a second tractor trailer would crash in the same spot.

Riverhead Fire Chief Joseph Raynor said the driver and co-driver of the truck were already outside the overturned vehicle by the time fire trucks arrived on the scene.

Both men were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and later released, an official for the truck company said.

“They’re very lucky,” the employee said.

The truck had been delivering food and goods to local convenience stores at the time of the crash. The firefighters’ hazmat crew was called to the scene because of bleach that was being transported by the truck.

The contents of the trailer were emptied out and loaded into another truck to allow tow crews to right the 18-wheeler.

The Long Island Expressway was closed between exits 72 and 73 until noon as crews cleaned up the crash scene, complicating the morning commute Tuesday, police said.

LIE Exit 73

06/08/13 3:00pm
06/08/2013 3:00 PM
North Fork Wine Trail sign in Riverhead

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | A North Fork Wine Trail sign at the intersection of the Main Road and County Road 105 in Aquebogue.

The North Fork ‍Wine ‍Trail might be getting longer.

Last Wednesday the New York State Senate passed a bill sponsored by Senator Ken LaValle that proposes extending the North Fork ‍Wine ‍Trail about nine miles to Orient Point.

If the legislation passes in the Assembly, the ‍wine ‍trail will continue to the end of Route 25 in Orient. The official ‍trail currently begins at Edwards Avenue in Calverton and ends at the junction of Routes 48 and 25 in Greenport.

“North Fork wineries are an economic engine for our region,” Mr. LaValle said. “Extending the North Fork ‍Wine ‍Trail will help boost agritourism, which will benefit our farmers and wineries.”

The bill also calls for the creation of a road sign at exit 73 of the Long Island Expressway notifying drivers that the ‍wine‍trail is accessible from that exit. A sign is already in place at exit 71.

Ron Goerler Jr., president of the Long Island ‍Wine Council, said not placing a sign at exit 73 was an “oversight.”

“If you take exit 73, you’re right at Tanger Outlets,” Mr. Goerler said. “It’s a straight shot onto the North Fork. Tanger brings 13 or 14 million people a year and to have a sign stating the ‍wine industry is just ahead brings more awareness to the region.”

Steve Bate, executive director of the ‍wine council, said the organization doesn’t have revenue fi gures for North Fork wineries but estimates that the region’s more than 50 wineries attract 1.2 million visitors a year — a number that proponents of the bill hope will only increase.

“Senator LaValle has always been a huge supporter of the local ‍wine industry,” Mr. Bate said. “He has helped us with many important pieces of state legislation over the years. This new ‍wine ‍trail bill is just the latest example of how he helps enhance our wineries’ contribution to the local economy.”