Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. and State Senator Ken LaValle, have joined four other local elected officials in calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to repave an eight-mile stretch of State Route 114 from Stephen Hands Path in Wainscott to the South Ferry terminal in North Haven.
A two mile stretch of Route 114 from Route 27 to Stephen Hands Path was repaved in 2016. Currently, the Toilsome Lane intersection with Route 114 is being re-constructed with a roundabout, funded by a state grant. The repaving of the remaining eight-mile segment of Route 114, pockmarked by potholes, is something elected officials have asked state officials to tackle three times over the last two years. According to Mr. Thiele and Mr. LaValle, local government leaders were rebuffed by the state, which chose instead to pursue pothole repair.
“DOT has repaved the southern terminus of Route 114; Montauk Highway from Southampton to Montauk; and Flanders Road from Riverhead to Hampton Bays,” said Mr. Thiele. “Now, it is clear that the remainder of Route 114 is in dire need of repair. Pothole repair is inadequate. The extreme cold we have experienced so far this winter only guarantees further deterioration this spring. DOT should prepare now and authorize the paving of this road during the spring 2018 construction season.”