Rendering released for Hospital Road Bridge

Construction plans include phases

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The new Hospital Road Bridge, according to the Brookhaven Town Highway Department, will be built with traffic diversion construction, which means that it will be built next to the old bridge.

According to a town spokesperson, half of the bridge will be built, then traffic will be moved over to the new section of the bridge, the old bridge will be demolished, and then new bridge will be finished. Traffic across Sunrise Highway will continue as normal.

The new bridge design will include four lanes of traffic, two each way, with several turning lanes at the intersections.

The construction bids for the Hospital Road Bridge project were opened by the New York State Department of Transportation on Nov. 4, 2021. The contract was awarded to DeFoe Corporation of Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Dec. 3, 2021, for approximately $22.8 million. New York State currently estimates the ground-breaking to take place this spring and all construction work will be completed by the end of 2023. 

In 2016, a funding agreement was reached for a $26 million project to widen and make major repairs to Hospital Road Bridge. Eighty percent of the project is federally funded, which was made possible by the infusion of federal money to the First Congressional District from the SAFE Bridges Act of 2015.

Congressman Lee Zeldin introduced the Safe Bridges Act with congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18) on July 22, 2015. As a majority member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at the time, Zeldin successfully got the Safe Bridges Act included as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 4, 2015. Zeldin’s legislation directed tens of millions in federal dollars to infrastructure fixes in Suffolk County, including the rebuilding of Hospital Road Bridge. 

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