The New York State Department of Transportation will reportedly begin repaving work on Jericho Turnpike in Mineola the week of October 8 according to Mineola Department of Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini.
Beginning the night of October 8, construction crews would begin milling and paving operations at 8 p.m., working until about to 6 a.m.
“They basically broke Jericho Turnpike down into three sections: basically from Herricks Road to Willis venue, Willis Avenue to Frank Avenue and Frank Avenue to our east border,” Rini said during the October 3 meting of the village board at the village hall, noting that the contractor’s plan is to mill the road three nights and pave the next three.
“They have a 7-day window that the state requires the contractor to be able to mill and then pave that area,” Rini said. “So in essence, they’ll be starting on that first section from Herricks to WIllis Avenue.”
It is anticipated that crews will be able to mill the eastbound lanes all the way to Willis Avenue in one night followed by the westbound lanes from Willis to Herricks the next night. The third night will be devoted to the intersections that back into right-of-ways on village streets.
“Some there have right-of-ways of 20 ft., some have longer,” Rini said, “so and that actually is the more tedious process because you’re doing shorter areas, you can’t use big machines, things like that.”
One lane of Jericho Turnpike would be open at all times, though some intersections would be closed when work is being done at those locations.
Construction was originally slated to begin in late August, but suffered delays reportedly due to utility crews scrambling to complete their own work ahead of the repaving.