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Elwood Road Lane Closures To End Soon 

Suffolk County Water Authority Workers prepare to work on replacing water mains along Elwood Road in East Northport Tuesday. The work comes ahead of a planned county overhaul of the nearly 4-mile stretch.

A Suffolk County Water Authority project to install new water mains along Elwood Road in East Northport is underway ahead of a planned overhaul of the entire 4-mile stretch.

As it has frequently in recent weeks, Elwood Road became a one-lane road near The Refuge church at the corner of Elwood Road and 5th Avenue as work crews dug into the road ahead of replacing the water mains.

“We’re putting in a new well on Elwood Road. What you’re seeing now is water main installation that’s going to connect to the new well,” Suffolk County Water Authority spokesman Tim Motz said.

The project involves 9,411 feet of water main, which will be a combination of 16- and 12-inch pipes. Motz said the project should be complete in about a week’s time, ending the need for lane closures. However, some isolated spot work on the project could result in lanes being temporarily shifted along Elwood Road after the main project is finished.

Meanwhile, with enhanced pedestrian safety in mind, county officials are preparing to launch a major overhaul of the entire 3.94-mile stretch of Elwood Road from Jericho Turnpike to Fort Salonga Road, aimed at maintaining the roadway while adding continuous sidewalks and other pedestrian safety features.

According to county documents outlining the planned improvements, the project includes: replacing and installing new sidewalks and concrete curbs; building new handicap ramps with detectable warning fields and building colored-concrete traffic islands at Laurel Hill Road and the Bellerose Avenue intersection. Countdown pedestrian signals will also be installed at the intersections with Cuba Hill Road, Cedar Road, Clay Pitts Road, Pulaski Road, the Northport High School driveway and Laurel Hill Road.

All traffic signs along Elwood Road will be replaced, according to the proposal. New crosswalks and pavement markings will be installed, and new drainage infrastructure and guide rails will be installed and replaced as needed.

Suffolk County Water Authority Chairman Jim Gaughran said the timing of the water main project is tied to the planned county overhaul, which would be performed by the Suffolk County Department of Public Works. Gaughran said the agency likes to coordinate their projects with agencies, such as the county or the Town of Huntington’s Highway Department, that are about to engage in major road repairs so that a particular stretch of road needs to only be ripped up once.

County officials said a public hearing about the Elwood Road overhaul would be held before the end of the year to inform the public about the project.

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