Route 25 to reopen soon in Orient, East Marion

After several hours of waiting at the Cross Sound Ferry terminal in Orient, passengers stranded when Route 25 was closed due to snow drifts will soon be on their way. 

Southold police said at 1:45 p.m. that the road has been closed for more than three hours but “shouldn’t be too much longer.” No exact timetable has been set and state DOT officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Local residents are still being asked to stay off the roads.

A Cross Sound Ferry representative said the poor visibility and snow drifts that led to the state DOT to close Route 25 between East Marion and Orient forced suspension of the ferry service to and from New London after 9:15 a.m. Just two boats departed Orient Sunday.

Service is expected to resume Monday, though travelers should be sure to check for updates.

Much like the recent blizzard that dumped as much as two feet of snow across Long Island, Orient was once again the hardest hit hamlet with 5.5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

The town closed its transfer station Sunday due to “treacherous conditions,” town supervisor Scott Russell said.

And in Riverhead Town, a pileup was reported in Jamesport, officials have closed several roads and are also urging motorists to stay home.

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