The one-two punch of both Hurricane Sandy and the recent Nor’Easter storm have combined to push back the repaving of Jericho Turnpike until sometime in 2013.
Officials in the Village of Mineola confirmed that workers on the project, which had already suffered several push-backs and delays reportedly due to an already-overextended contractor, would begin the project in full during the 2013 repaving season.
Originally the repaving was supposed to have started in September, but was then pushed back to October 8, then October 15. The contractor – Tully Construction – is reportedly engaged with a number of other projects in the area that have cut into the start time for work to begin on Route 25.
The contract for Tully Construction reportedly runs through 2013.
Workers have already removed the orange-tinted filters from catch-basins along the turnpike which were designed to filter debris from stormwater run off during the construction process.
The repaving project stretches along Jericho Turnpike from the city line to the end of Mineola on Glen Cove Road. An agreement brokered by New York State Sen. Jack Martins ensured that Mineola would be a part of the project after plans originally called for repaving to stop at Herricks Road and that the village would be the first area of Jericho to be repaved.
The work in Mineola was to have been done in three phases: from Herricks Road to Willis Avenue, from Willis Avenue to Frank Avenue and from Frank Avenue to Glen Cove Road. Milling was originally set to begin on the eastbound lanes one night and then to return the next night and mill the westbound lanes in the westbound lanes in the same section, then pave that section and move onto the next section.
The only work that state crews were able to complete involved patching around manholes, handicapped accessible ramp work and concrete repairs.
In his report at the November 7 meeting of the village board at the village hall, Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss said that he had received assurances that the village would be one of the first areas paved when work on the project recommences.