DOT Close to Awarding Contract for Route 347 Construction

Route 112 intersection to be expanded with additional lanes, jug handles for turning.

Reconstruction of the Route 347 and Route 112 intersection could begin in the near future for residents in the Port Jefferson-Three Village area. 

Eileen Peters, a spokeswoman for New York State Department of Transportation, said the agency is in the process of reviewing contractor bids for the reconstruction of the Route 34 and Route 112 intersection. 

The DOT has plans to add a third lane traveling in each direction on Route 347 within a half-mile of Route 112 to ease traffic at the intersection. In addition, a jug handles will be constructed: a lane for drivers heading northbound on Route 112 to eastbound Route 347, a lane for drivers westbound on Route 347 to get to southbound Route 112. 

These changes will take place as part of the DOT's Route 347 greenway project. The project aims to transform 15-miles of Route 347 into a greenway using modern technology to improve motorist safety and make it pedestrian friendly.The project which stretches from the Northern State Parkway in Hauppauge to Route 25A in Port Jefferson. 

The first phase of the project along the one-mile stretch from Veterans Memorial Highway east to Route 111/Wheeler Road in Hauppauge is nearing completion after more than two years of roadwork. 

Contractors aim to finish finalizing traffic signals and various roadway drainage projects on the one-mile stretch in the Hauppauge-Smithtown area, according to Peters. Then construction will move east from Route 111/Wheeler Road to Mount Pleasant Road in Smithtown. 

DSmiley15 February 05, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Wrong, Engineer. We DO want the jobs here -- just not on meaningless projects that spend a HUGE amount of money and do nothing to really improve the infrastructure. Jobs need to be created that actually improve society -- not redo a 1/2 mile stretch of road just to use up some funds & say we spent the money.
Bryan Rivera February 05, 2013 at 02:28 PM
That's a well formulated argument Engineer. I don't think anyone is complaining about the jobs, although if the people working the 112 project are any indication they certainly didn't seem to ever be working all that hard. The issue is the colossal waste of public money through redundant projects. The counter argument is always something like "they have to spend the money or lose it anyway." But why do they have to spend the money? Isn't this the exact sort of thing the entire country is begging their state and federal government to stop doing?
Justin Time February 05, 2013 at 11:08 PM
It is called "Politics"...get used to it and let those so lucky to be funded..grab it or lose it.
John Easterbrook February 08, 2013 at 05:42 PM
So 347 is a state highway, and is 112 county? So apparently those folks don’t chat much? I agree that that money should instead be used to put in the overpass at Nichols road. Thanks to good topography, mother nature has that job half done. To tear up the 112 intersection again right now is nuts. But then again I loathe 347 and avoid it at all costs. …There was originally a traffic circle there years ago.
John February 08, 2013 at 06:40 PM
They're actually both state roads. The funding is state and federal. I wrote to the DOT last week and received a response today that kind of surprised me because I know it to be a lie: "In response to your email of February 4, 2013, the work on NY 112 a few years ago addressed NY 112 and not the intersection of NY 347 and NY 112. PIN 0054.21 will address the intersection of NY 347 and NY 112 by constructing a jug handle along Rose Lane/Canal Road/Sylvan Lane in the south east quadrant of NY 347 and NY112 and along Jayne Boulevard in the north west quadrant of NY 347 and NY 112. NY 347 will include 3 travel lanes in each direction, raised medians, left turn lanes, continuous sidewalk on the north side and a separate shared-use path for bicycles and pedestrians on the south side." Everyone who lives in the area knows for a fact that intersection was altered during the rt 112 construction. There are new turning lanes, new lines and new signs in all four directions. It was also repaved on the north and south sides.


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