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Pinelawn Road Bridge Complete 

The Pinelawn Road Bridge over the Long Island Expressway in Melville is once again open to motorists in Melville, winding down one of several major construction projects in the area, state officials said.

The New York State Department of Transportation announced last week that the $5.5-million project to replace the concrete bridge deck on the Pinelawn Road Bridge is now “substantially completed” and fully open to traffic. The project entailed major upgrades to steel, sidewalks, bridge rail and curbs.

Work crews closed the mainline of the Long Island Expressway in both directions from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Sunday through Tuesday to remove temporary concrete construction barriers, state officials said.

Still, some midday lane closures in the area should be expected for the time being, said state DOT spokeswoman Eileen Peters.

“We’re still restoring it, and if there’s any landscape repairs that need to be done, it’s just minor,” she said. “It’ll be midday and just one travel lane over the bridge.”

The project was part of $45 million in NY Works funding being spent on road and bridge projects in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Meanwhile, other major infrastructure projects in the Melville area are ongoing.

A nearly $60-million overhaul of the Northern State Parkway’s Exit 40 interchange, which included a new bridge over Route 110, is on schedule to be finished by the end of the year, Peters said. More than 120,000 motorists use the interchange every day, according to the DOT, and the bridge that crossed Route 110 was more than 65 years old when it was demolished in March 2012.

A $22.5-million project to reconstruct Route 110 from the LIE North Service Road to Arlington Road and the Melville Mall to Arrowwood Lane in Melville is on track for completing on early 2015, according to the state’s website.

“It’s a lot of drainage work,” she said. “It’s adding a continuous third lane, rebuilding the intersections with turning lanes and upgraded signals… There’ll be some countdown pedestrian signals and continuous sidewalk.”

Nearby, the state completed a $28.3-million upgrade of the Route 110 bridge over the Long Island Expressway in late 2011.

Another $4.6-million project – to add a supplemental third lane for 0.45 miles on the North Service Road and another 0.65-mille supplemental third lane on the South Service Road – is expected to wind up in early October. The project is designed to improve traffic flow through the intersections of the LIE service roads and Walt Whitman Road.

Further east, a new project – a revamp of the Northern State’s Route 42 interchange at Route 231 near the Dix Hills Fire Department headquarters – is on the horizon. The project, which is slated to go out to bid in the summer of 2015, calls for combining Northern State Parkway exits 42S and 42N into one exit ramp at the Route 231/Northern State Parkway interchange, according to the state DOT. They would also remove the west sidewalk along Route 231 under the Northern State Parkway bridge in order to create an additional lane, resulting in two thru-traffic lanes and a dedicated left-turn lane from southbound Route 231 to the Northern State Parkway eastbound entrance ramp.

Construction on the Exit 42 overhaul project, which is estimated to cost $6 million, is scheduled begin in the fall of 2015 with a goal of a fall 2016 completion date.

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