Is repair work on LIE really needed?

July 26, 2010 3:42:04 PM PDT
When it comes to major roadway repairs, pretty much everyone groans at the prospect of construction barriers and detours and traffic.

But you'd expect people would look forward to the final outcome.


Not so in Suffolk County, where the state is set to embark on a major repaving project on the Long Island Expressway.

Specifically, crews will target a pockmarked, weather-scarred patchwork of westbound asphalt between Exit 64 in Medford and Exit 57 in Hauppauge.

The job will cause a major detour for over a month.

While it's clear the LIE has seen better days, we were hard pressed to find anyone who thought it needed the work.

"I drive a decent amount on the LIE every day and for the most part I haven't hit any potholes," Katie Capria said.

"Spots here and there. More the on-ramps and off-ramps than the actual expressway itself," Jerry Keeley said..

Workers set up barriers in advance of the big job that starts monday night.

Between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., workers will shut the road down altogether, diverting all traffic onto the service road.

It will last six weeks and cost 19.8 million dollars.

The state says 170-thousand people drive this part of the road daily, which means it is spending 116 dollars, 47 cents for every single driver.

"That's a lot of money. I don't think we need it. You know what - make gas cheaper. Take some of the tax off. That would help," Phil Caputo said.