New York State Department of Transportation announced it will be closing portions of Long Island Expressway in Commack at night for the next three weeks to make immediate repairs.
All the LIE eastbound lanes from Exit 51 (Route 231/Deer Park Avenue) to Exit 52 (Commack Road) will be closed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for approximately three weeks. The roadway will also be closed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday if needed based on weather and progress of the work.
Eileen Peters, a DOT spokeswoman, said in a statement the road closure is necessary so repairs can be made to the Carll's Straight Path bridge over the LIE, that was damaged when a truck struck the overpass last week. The work is weather dependent, and inclement weather such as heavy rain or storms could delay the work.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area of the closures. If that is not possible, drivers will detoured onto the LIE south service road where there are expected to be traffic and delays. Drivers are asked to drive carefully through the work zone, follow the posted detour signs, and obey the posted detour speed limit, for their safety as well as the safety of the highway work crew.
Under New York State law, speeding fines are doubled in a work zone.
For updates on the roadway closures, motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org. Motorists may also obtain travel information from the INFORM Transportation Management Center cameras at www.INFORMNY.com and on their hand held communication devices at www.INFORMNY.mobi.