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Suffolk Notebook: County to Spend $32M on Infrastructure Fixes

County Executive approves projects from bridge repairs to road pavings.

Suffolk County officials will spend more than $32 million to fix ailing bridges and roadways in 2012, County Executive Steve Bellone announced on Friday.

The move, lauded by the Long Island Contractors Association, is expected to create 300 jobs related to construction work on roughly 16 scheduled projects that include fixing bridges, installing conservation systems at county facilities and resurfacing some of the county's cracked and worn roadways.

More specifically the plans include repairing and resurfacing County Road 111/Daniel Roe Highway from Sunrise Highway to the Long Island Expressway; County Road 105/Cross River Drive from Route 24 to Route 25; County Road 46/William Floyd Parkway from Moriches Middle Island Road to Route 25A; County Road 97/Nicolls Road from Furrows Road to Route 27' and County Road 19/Waverly Ave/Patchogue Holbrook Road from Route 27 to Broadway.

As for bridges the plan would complete rehabilitate the Landing Avenue Bridge, Shore Drive Embankment, Brown’s Creek Bridge and Quantuck Creek Bridge and Bulkhead.

Meanwhile emergency bridge repairs would take place at overpasses at Nicolls Road and County Road 16, County Road 99 and Waverly Ave, Sills Road and the Long Island Rail Road, and County Road 111 and East Moriches Road.

Under the $32 million plan the county will also replace traffic lights at 46 intersections, and launch a slate of energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects at county facilities, which includes changing to energy-efficient lighting and installing solar systems and green heating and cooling systems.

Red Light Cameras to Double
Suffolk plans to install 50 more red light cameras at major intersections, a move that'll double the amount of these often criticized monitoring systems to 100 in the county.

Red light cameras snap photos of drivers who run red lights at intersections, using the license plate information to send traffic violations to the drivers' homes.

However, locals have complained that the varying timing of yellow lights across the county makes this type of monitoring unfair.

According to the Long Island Press, the extra red light cameras could add $6 million in revenue annually to the county's books.

Crash Course
The Suffolk County Police plans to offer a nearly three-hour course for teens on avoiding an automobile crash, demonstrating tactics such as breaking, cornering and accelerating to avoid a dangerous wreck.

The course runs daily from July 9 to 13.

Call 631-852-6109 for more information.

Jaguar-Guy June 14, 2012 at 01:01 PM
If you travel, you know ALL EU countries take Euros and Dollars (some take Pounds and Coruna and Forint too, when in UK, Hungary and Czech Republic). Seeing and listening to the news last night and this morning only makes me MORE worried about our economy as I watch the Europe financial crisis become even more unstable. Spain was temporarily saved (with bailout - sound familiar), Italy is next in line to be bailed, then Portugal and Ireland. Greece is already lining up to re-negotiate the terms of their last 2 rounds of bailouts (based on Spain's sweet deal - pay it back when you can, and Greece had to meet multiple Austerity cut goals to get their money). Those countries spent, spent and gave ever increasing Entitlements, and they are sunk. No matter what they do, they will not emerge out of their doomed financial crisis. America is in line to have this happen if changes are not made to the way we do business. Why can't President Obama soften his positions like Clinton did and come slightly to the middle? If so, he would stand an excellent chance of re-election by attracting Independents once again, who have been leaving in droves.
Dad of Three June 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Well, it would seem that you and I are not that far apart in our assessments, and even in our aspirations. I simply do not hold to your prediction of US economic catastrophe based upon some individual European countries current or projected catastrophes. Furthermore, perhaps unlike you, I feel that the global bond market is a much better evaluator of risk than either you, or I, and factors that into bond prices. And, if you contend that you are better than the entire bond market, then you are missing a golden career opportunity. The US, and the UK, and Japan, and China, are all affected by the banking and economic and political crisis in some European countries, but that does not become a straight line predictor for the other countries of the world. As to Clinton/Obama, my evaluation is that Obama wanted to behave, not exactly but largely, as did Clinton, but became frustrated by the "throw-the-baby-out-with-the-bathwater" crowd in Congress. I think that Jeb Bush has correctly identified the dangers created by extremist members of the GOP, and can only hope that the American people -- to the extent that redistricting by States has not created too many "safe" seats for incumbents -- will vote down radical Members of Congress, and restore sanity to the political process.
Matthew Lott June 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Here's how you know there is an election coming up in Suffolk County, and they are running Scared, in the Dennison Building ! Fixes to close LIE eastbound lanes at Exit 44S Originally published: June 12, 2012 8:19 PM Updated: June 12, 2012 9:49 PM By SARAH CRICHTON sarah.crichton@newsday.com http://www.newsday.com/long-island/transportation/traffic/fixes-to-close-lie-eastbound-lanes-at-exit-44s-1.3778477
Dad of Three June 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM
What is the purpose of the 12:03 PM post? How does it help the dialogue?
Matthew Lott June 14, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Dad of Three, what don't you understand "infrastructure" is ?

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