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Route 48 roadwork expected to end ahead of schedule

Construction work on County Road 48, originally slated for completion in spring 2019, is now expected to be wrapped up by midsummer 2018. 

Roadwork stretching from Hortons Lane to Goldin Lane in Southold began in September. The scope of work included pavement repair and resurfacing, new pavement markings, drainage system replacement, sidewalk and curb upgrades and traffic signal replacements.

The majority of drainage work and concrete is complete and it’s hoped that milling and paving can begin within the next two weeks, according to Derek Poppe, Suffolk County Department of Public Works spokesperson. The milling work will be complete by mid-summer.

“They had originally expected it to be done in spring of 2019, so we finished quite a bit early,” Mr. Poppe said.

He added that by noon Friday, May 25, in time for Memorial Day weekend, there will be no more lane closures or detours.

“There might be some people out there doing work, but they won’t be causing any lane closures so that should help with the holiday traffic,” Mr. Poppe said.

The project also included reconfiguration of traffic flow at Boisseau Avenue, transforming a merging lane onto the eastbound county road into a normal right turn.

The $5.9 million cost has stayed constant, as predicted, according to Mr. Poppe.

Photo: Road work on Boisseau Avenue. (Credit: Rachel Siford)

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Correction: An earlier version of this story stated milling work would be completed within two weeks. That’s when it will start. The story has been updated.