07/25/13 9:43am
07/25/2013 9:43 AM

Traffic on Osborn Avenue will be closed to traffic this morning between Harrison Avenue and Pulaski Street so the Riverhead Highway Department can pave that street, according to Highway Superintendent George Woodson.

He’s hoping the work will be completed by noon.

After that, highway crews will be heading to Sound Avenue, where they will pave a stretch of that road between Fresh Pond Avenue and Gregory Way this afternoon. Mr. Woodson says that job should be done between 4 and 5 p.m.

The highway department this year received $900,000 for road paving projects, an increase from past years, when they got about $600,000, Mr. Woodson said. He said about half the money has been spent so far.

“This is the first year we’ve gotten extra money for paving,” he said.

His department has already paved the Rolling Woods area, at the north end of Roanoke Avenue, the Sylvan Drive area in Wading River, and Union and East Avenues in downtown Riverhead, Mr. Woodson said. He’s planning on doing Edwards Avenue next week.

“After that, we’ll see how much money is left, and decide what roads to do next,” Mr. Woodson said. The department did the roads in the worst condition first, he said.

The highway department put message boards up a few days in advance to warn people about the upcoming paving jobs, and they have an employee stationed at the sites to help residents of the areas being paved get in and out of their homes, Mr. Woodson said.

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