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Lane closures planned for LIE between exits 68 and 69

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Planning to head out of town at night? Then you should probably avoid the Long Island Expressway for the next few months.

The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that two of the three lanes in both directions will be closed between exits 68 and 69 starting Wednesday, April 27.

The lanes will remain closed Mondays through Fridays between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. until mid-summer, according to the DOT.

“These nightly closures are needed to perform preventive maintenance work on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Bridge over the LIE as part of a … $10.8 million project to help ensure the longevity of Long Island’s aging bridges and maintain the safety of motorists,” the department said in a press release.

Drivers should plan to use alternate routes to avoid delays, officials said. These closures may be canceled or postponed due to inclement weather, the release states.