Long lines of traffic
backed up along northbound Route 112 on Tuesday afternoon pair with orange
traffic cones signaled the start of construction. New York State
Department of Transportation plans to reconstruct the Route 112 and Route 347
intersection by adding a jughandle to the intersection, according to the DOT's website.
Construct crews closed off two northbound lanes and the right
turning lane where Route 112 meets Route 347. These same Route 112 lanes shifted
to the west on the opposite side of Route 347, causing drivers to slow down.
Roadway closures had northbound drivers bumper
to bumper from Bicycle Path to Route 347 on Tuesday afternoon.
"Some drivers are very rude. Please
tell them to be courteous to the
construction crews out here, they are only doing their job," said a
construction worker on the site. "It's going to get ugly before it becomes
Construction crews have also closed Rose Lane,
tearing up pavement for construction and have shutdown a portion of Canal Road
alongside Meat Farms.
The $25.6 million project is part of the Route 347 greenway project, which aims to improve the safety and traffic flow of
one of Brookhaven's busiest highways. The intersection's reconstruction will The
project will include the addition of another lane, the addition of a jug
handle to make left turns, improved drainage and landscaping, tree
plantings and a new park to add appeal to the area.
This new road construction at Route 347 and Route 112 follows a project
completed in 2011 that added center turning lanes, a raised center median,
bike lanes, sidewalks, bus stops, shelters, landscaping and storm-water runoff
filtration systems on various parts of Route 112, including within the Port
Jefferson Station area.