September 10, 2014
By Stephanie West
Long Island, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the start of construction on a $12.8 million project to replace the aging Carlls Straight Path Bridge over the Long Island Expressway, or LIE/I-495, in Dix Hills, Suffolk County. The project, which involves designing and building the bridge, will improve the safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and approximately 180,000 motorists who use the section of the Long Island Expressway each day.
“The Carlls Straight Path Bridge is a vital access point to the Long Island Expressway, and we’re breaking ground on a project to ensure its safety and reliability for years to come,” Governor Cuomo said. “With new features to better accommodate motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, and a new design that prevents bridge strikes, these improvements will improve traffic flow on the bridge and the LIE, and – under my Drivers First Initiative – all efforts will be taken to minimize traffic issues during construction.”
The Carlls Straight Path Bridge is being completely replaced with a new, wider span that will feature larger shoulders and sidewalk, and will add a center turn lane that will accommodate more vehicles waiting to turn, reducing congestion during peak travel periods.