Main Road (NY 25) in Aquebogue this morning, looking west from Edgar Avenue near the Aquebogue Elementary School. Photo: Peter Blasl

It’s back to school next week and local students, bus drivers and schools may find themselves facing some unexpected transportation challenges.

The State Department of Transportation will begin road work on Main Road (Route 25) east of Doctors Path beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4. Main Road travel lane closures will take place weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Doctors Path and the Orient Point ferry terminal.

“These closures are needed to perform preventative maintenance to the pavement by sealing cracks in the asphalt to extend the life of the road’s surface,” the DOT said in a press release.

Variable message signs will be placed in the area to relay detailed closure and detour information, the DOT said in the press release. A spokesperson for the agency confirmed this afternoon that work will begin at Doctors Path in Riverhead on Tuesday and continue eastward.

“This $2.6 million project covers work on 54 miles of the East End’s state roads with full completion scheduled for fall 2019,” according to the press release.

The state last resurfaced this portion of Route 25 in 2015.

The road work is weather-dependent and subject to cancellation or postponement for inclement weather.

The DOT asks motorists to drive carefully through the work zone, obey any speed restrictions that may be in place, and the instructions of the flag persons for their safety and the safety of the highway work crew.


Editor’s note: This article has been amended after it was published to reflect additional information from the State DOT regarding the location where work will begin Sept. 4. 

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