Village wants Greenport road included in DOT paving project

Greenport road

Greenport Village Board members want village streets included in the state Department of Transportation’s $6.9 million project to repave 14 miles from Tuckers Lane in Southold east to the end of Main Road in Orient Point.

On Monday, Trustee George Hubbard said village officials “don’t think it’s OK” that a .75 mile stretch of Main Street between Front Street and Knapp Place was left out of the project.

He and Mayor David Nyce have reached out to Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) for help urging the DOT to consider including that state-owned portion of the roadway in the project.

A spokesman for Senator LaValle’s office said Wednesday the DOT is currently looking into the issue.

Even if the DOT doesn’t pave that section of the village, officials are requesting that the state allow the village to hire the state’s contractor — Posillico Civil Inc. of Farmingdale — to repave that stretch of road while crews are already making repairs on neighboring roads.

The DOT is also conducting a similar project repaving Main Road from Tuckers Lane in Southold west to Doctors Path in Riverhead, a 15-mile stretch at a cost of $8.1 million.

As a part of the project the DOT will be remarking bike lanes and visible pedestrian crosswalks, and for added safety, a rumble strip will be incorporated on the centerline to warn motorists who stray across into oncoming traffic, according to a release from the agency.

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