Daytime Roadwork Possible on 27

Before the winter arrives, the New York State Department of Transportation plans to repave a 3.5-mile section of Route 27 in East Hampton and Amagansett, part of a larger $13.8 million project to redo the highway between Montauk and East Hampton. However, state officials are looking for approval from business owners to do work during the day.

Eileen Peters, a spokeswoman for the D.O.T., said Tuesday that "the most deteriorated 3.5-mile section of Montauk Highway" between Methodist Lane in East Hampton Village and Old Montauk Highway, just before Cranberry Hole Road, in Amagansett, could be repaved before the harsh winter weather arrives. Work is set to begin next week. Despite signs on the highway that announced roadwork would begin Sept. 15, crews are only cleaning out drainage basins for now.

The remaining 11.5 miles of repaving of the highway up to South Etna Avenue in Montauk will begin in the spring of 2015. The new date of completion for the easternmost stretch of the project is Dec. 31, 2015. 

"This priority section includes about 1,500 feet through the Amagansett shopping district," Ms. Peters said.  Initally, the D.O.T. required repaving in the business district to be done at night, as it had been in the spring between Southampton and East Hampton. However, the state is considering daytime paving.

Ms. Peters said state engineers are "actively seeking input from the business owners in the Amagansett shopping district on an alternate proposal to conduct paving operations during daytime in order to complete this section prior to winter." Officials have reached out to the Amagansett Chamber of Commerce, as well.

Should business owners in that area agree, daytime work in that area would be done Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., though paving is expected to take only about five days, weather permitting. The days are not necessarily consecutive. 

All roadwork, whether being done during the day or night, will require lane alterations. On-street parking would not be available, but access to side and off-street parking would continue.

"We recognize this day work would be a temporary inconvenience but the benefit would be a newly-paved road prior to the harsh winter weather," Ms. Peters said.