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State plans major sidewalk project on Main Street in 2014

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The state DOT has big plans for downtown Riverhead: new sidewalks, new trees, new lights, and intersection improvements that will make Main Street pedestrian-friendly from Union Avenue west to Tanger Outlets.

The state will begin the improvements in spring 2014 and plan to have the work completed by that fall, DOT officials told the Riverhead Town Board during its work session Thursday morning.

Sidewalks on both sides of Main Street from Union to Griffing avenues will be repaired or replaced, old trees will be removed and replaced with “columnar” varieties that won’t block lights or signs, and new street lights will be installed, DOT officials said. The state will also build new sidewalks where none currently exist on the north side of West Main Street west to Tanger Outlets.

All sidewalks and intersections will be compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, said DOT engineer and assistant to the regional director Patricia Audinot.

Supervisor Sean Walter said the town has been waiting a long time for these improvements and he was disappointed that they wouldn’t begin until 2014.

Audinot said the contracts will be signed this fall but work wouldn’t be able to get underway until early next spring.

Photo caption: Riverhead BID president Raymond Pickersgill and Riverhead Highway Superintendent Gio Woodson inspect broken sidewalks on East Main Street in 2011. RiverheadLOCAL file photo by Peter Blasl

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