After Construction Ends, Is Traffic on Route 112 Any Better?

Construction projects ended in November

It's been three months since the official end of construction on Route 112, according to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT).

Two sought to renovate the decades old roadway and put in center turning lanes, a raised center median, bike lanes, sidewalks, bus stops, shelters, landscaping and storm-water runoff filtration systems.

The total cost for the two projects was $7.1 million between them with funds coming from a variety of sources including the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (stimulus funds), New York State bonds and other Federal funds.

According to NYS DOT spokeswoman Eileen Peters, construction on Route 112 ended last year on Nov. 28, including removal of all construction equipment and materials.

We asked readers on Facebook if they thought traffic improved since the road was renovated. Most said traffic was better than before.

"I do think its a little bit better than it was because its wider," said Ricki Steiner, and Port Jefferson resident.

Nancy Hickey agreed as did Suzy Caceres.

"It's a lot better now with that center turning lane," said Caceres. "I don't dread driving on 112 anymore."

Ben Cohen didn't agree saying he thought traffic was still bad but Judd Pape thought traffic flow was better although he had other issues.

"The only problem now is all of the commercial businesses that are vacant," said Pape. "I say turn them back into natural lots."

What do you think? Have you noticed a difference in traffic flow on Route 112?

John February 24, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Traffic is noticeably better than it was DURING the construction, but post construction, the traffic is about the same as before. As someone that lives off 112, I've constantly questioned why they didn't put right turn lanes for anything but Uncle Giuseppe's. Every time I slow down to make a right into my complex, I check my rear view and think "Is this the day I finally get hit?" At least we have bike lanes now. I've seen people riding in them at least five whole times since construction completed. Personally, I don't see why more people don't want to take the family out for a relaxing ride down a two lane road through an industrial district with a 50 MPH speed limit and nothing but a white line separating them from cars sharing that space to make right turns. With the newly installed "No Turn on Red" signs at the 347 intersection, I anxiously await the installation of red light cameras (automatic tax machines). Of course if you've lived near 112 long enough, you know to avoid that intersection.
diamond February 24, 2012 at 04:21 PM
It is amazing how the state did so much work on rte 112 for 7.1 million dfollars and the village of Port jefferson got so little for its 3.2 million road repave job. The traffic moves much better on rte 112 until you go north of Hallock Ave, then it is just as bad as always. Diamond
maryanne douglas February 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM
RTe 112 has one great big problem area. That is the turn onto Rte 347. The timing of the lights seem wrong often leaving cars in the middle of the intersection causing congestion.
kelly February 25, 2012 at 01:06 AM
As the owner of "King of Hearths" on the corner of main st.(112) and north country, i believe the route 112 is alot better. It was a horror dealing with the contruction that was told to us should of ended in July but lasted till November. But thank God its over, the road is pleasent to drive on, it's alot wider and alot safer, and it also makes that side of the station look so much more up and coming. Now if we can only take care of the port jeff side of the station.
June Bug June 03, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I think traffic is much better. The road is easier to drive on and the center island beautification south of Washington Avenue looks great. People have to remember thought, the speed limit is 50, not 35. For the first time in twenty years that I have been here, there are no longer floods in front of Freindly's and no massive hole on the northeast corner of 112 heading north.


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