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Traffic Alert: Flanders Road repaving project starts Sunday

Paving work on Flanders Road is scheduled to start Sunday night, according a state Department of Transportation press release.

Travel lane shifts and closures will take place during construction Sundays through Thursdays from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. between Oak Avenue and the traffic circle for about two weeks (weather permitting).

Officials said the top layer of the “worn, distressed pavement” is being replaced with new asphalt and fresh pavement markings, including bike lane striping and pedestrian crosswalks.

“A single travel lane will be closed in either the northbound or southbound directions but lanes will be shifted to allow a single northbound and southbound travel lane to remain open during construction operations,” the release states. “When completed, these pavement repairs will improve motorists’ safety and help maintain the integrity of Flanders Road [State Route 24] in the Town of Southampton.”

The DOT completed from Old Riverhead Road in Hampton Bays to Birch Avenue in Flanders last fall and now plans to do the rest of the job near the traffic circle in Riverside. The work is part of a $5.2 million project to repave seven miles of Flanders Road.

The poor condition of Flanders Road was cited by Southampton Town Police as a contributing factor, along with texting and driving, in a 2014 crash in which a PSEG truck crossed into oncoming traffic and killed a Hampton Bays woman who was driving the opposition direction.