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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. 

Earl February 04, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Did I just go back in time and read that construction is going to happen at 112 and 347? That inetersection was just redone! If they are about to start doing more than someone incharge clearly needs to be fired immediately!!!! Stretching to 3 lanes for a half mile stretch is absurd! All that does is move the bottlneck. 2 years to do a one mile stretch of road, and the traffic is as bad as ever in Hauppauge. Way to waste more taxpayer money!
f February 04, 2013 at 06:12 PM
I had the same thought, Earl....are we going Back to the Future???? How about putting the over-pass at 347 and Nicolls (97), as the original design called for! And stop granting variances for more stores, the zoning was laid-out for a reason: to keep traffic congestion down. what a cluster
John February 04, 2013 at 07:38 PM
"First rule of government spending: why have one when you can have two for twice the price." We, as taxpayers AND as residents trying to get around, just suffered through two years of painfully slow construction on 112 which included a massive and dangerous disruption of this intersection for way too long. Now we're supposed to celebrate that it's being completely changed again?! How about making the lights at 112, Jayne and Terryville Rd all turn green at once so traffic isn't constantly jammed up in those intersections? I'm one of the biggest haters of 347 on this planet and would love to see the entire road torn up and rebuilt from scratch...BUT NOT THE SAME INTERSECTION TWICE IN TWO YEARS!!! And ever since they put in the "No turn on red" signs you know the state/county has been dying to put red light cameras there. Those clearly solve all the traffic problems in the world. I just hope I can get out of this area before another two year disaster project gets underway.
John February 04, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Just for fun, I looked these two projects up: https://www.dot.ny.gov/regional-offices/region10/projects/ny-347/005421 https://www.dot.ny.gov/regional-offices/region10/projects/ny-347/005418 The estimated project costs are around $119M to reconstruct 1/2 a mile of 347 and the two year old intersection. Estimated time to complete, two years. Well done federal and state government. Well done.
DSmiley15 February 04, 2013 at 09:20 PM
What a bunch of morons and they just keep getting re-elected again and again. It is truly amazing.
Earl February 04, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Thanks for the links. I just emailed them with my disgust. I hope others do too.
Justin Time February 05, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Put in a traffic circle
My3Girls February 05, 2013 at 01:27 PM
What a horrible waste of money. I for one do not want a road like sunrise hwy here. This is horrible. Maybe they should stop building on everyone open green space and we wouldn't have such problems. So you sit an extra 5 mins on a road. People need to slow down anyway. Sorry if it sounds like I'm ranting but it's just so frustrating.
Engineer February 05, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Send the money back to Albany! We don't want your damn jobs here!
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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