Last week, congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) and Brookhaven highway superintendent Daniel Losquadro were joined by Brookhaven Town supervisor Ed Romaine, Brookhaven Town councilman Neil Foley, Long Island Community Hospital president and CEO Richard Margulis, North Patchogue Fire District commissioner Jack Blaum, Long Island Contractors Association deputy executive director Sheryl Buro, South Country Ambulance company chief Greg Miglino, and local first responders and labor leaders in announcing the start of construction for the long awaited rebuilding of Hospital Road Bridge.
“Hospital Road Bridge is a critical artery for Suffolk County residents and a vital lifeline for law enforcement and first responders traveling to Long Island Community Hospital and the North Patchogue Fire Department,” said Zeldin. “Being that this bridge has been deemed ‘functionally obsolete,’ the start of construction for this project is excellent news for the entire community. The integrity of our roads, overpasses and bridges is not only critical for public safety, but a linchpin of job creation and economic growth. I am thrilled that we are well on our way to getting this much needed infrastructure and safety improvement completed for our residents.”
In 2015, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) declared Hospital Road Bridge “functionally obsolete,” meaning it could not handle its traffic demand. The following year, a funding agreement was reached for a $26 million project to widen and make major repairs to Hospital Road Bridge.
“When congressman Zeldin and I met to discuss infrastructure priorities during his first term in office, he understood we could not possibly afford to fund the replacement of the Hospital Road Bridge locally. Soon after, he introduced the SAFE Bridges Act of 2015, enabling 80 percent of the project to be federally funded,” said Losquadro. “Congressman Zeldin successfully secured more than $20 million, along with another $4 million in state funds, from then-Sen. Croci, for the replacement of this dangerous, narrow span. I’m very proud that the Town of Brookhaven has been able to shepherd this project through many years of designs, approvals and the final design phase. I am confident we have put together a plan which addresses the needs of our first responders, medical facilities and the general public. Improving Long Island’s infrastructure, which has not kept pace with our growing population, continues to be one of my main priorities.”
Eighty percent of the project is federally funded, which was made possible by the infusion of federal money to Suffolk County from Congressman Zeldin’s bipartisan SAFE Bridges Act of 2015 that was signed into law as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in December 2015. Six years later, NYSDOT awarded the Hospital Road Bridge project’s construction contract to DeFoe Corporation of Mount Vernon, N.Y., for approximately $22.8 million. With construction beginning, the project is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2023.
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