Photo: Denise Civiletti

The Roanoke Avenue resurfacing project, originally scheduled to be completed by the early part of this year, is now projected to be finished by the end of this month — with “punch list items” to be completed by the end of September — according to County Legislator Al Krupski.

Work is stalled as Suffolk County Department of Public Works awaits the installation of new  utility poles in certain locations, he said. The county legislator said he inquired last week into the status of the $3.6 million county road project. (Roanoke Avenue is a county-owned and maintained road.)

The project entails milling and resurfacing or complete reconstruction of the roadway where necessary, as well as the full reconstruction of curbs and sidewalks along the approximately one-and-a-half mile length of road.

The project also includes extensive drainage improvement work aimed at protecting Merritts Pond. All stormwater from the drainage systems along Roanoke Avenue was being “mainlined” directly into Merritts Pond. New gutters and leaching pools had to be installed prior to new pavement being laid.

With the new systems built by county contractors as part of this project, all stormwater discharge from Roanoke Avenue into Merritts Pond, except during very heavy rain events, will pass through a new stormwater treatment system designed to screen, separate and trap debris, sediment and oil. The new systems will reduce stormwater discharge into the pond by 50 percent.


Work got underway on the Roanoke Avenue project last summer.

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