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After Construction Ends, Is Traffic on Route 112 Any Better?

Construction projects ended in November

After Construction Ends, Is Traffic on Route 112 Any Better?

It's been three months since the official end of construction on Route 112, according to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT).

Two sought to renovate the decades old roadway and put in center turning lanes, a raised center median, bike lanes, sidewalks, bus stops, shelters, landscaping and storm-water runoff filtration systems.

The total cost for the two projects was $7.1 million between them with funds coming from a variety of sources including the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (stimulus funds), New York State bonds and other Federal funds.

According to NYS DOT spokeswoman Eileen Peters, construction on Route 112 ended last year on Nov. 28, including removal of all construction equipment and materials.

We asked readers on Facebook if they thought traffic improved since the road was renovated. Most said traffic was better than before.

"I do think its a little bit better than it was because its wider," said Ricki Steiner, and Port Jefferson resident.

Nancy Hickey agreed as did Suzy Caceres.

"It's a lot better now with that center turning lane," said Caceres. "I don't dread driving on 112 anymore."

Ben Cohen didn't agree saying he thought traffic was still bad but Judd Pape thought traffic flow was better although he had other issues.

"The only problem now is all of the commercial businesses that are vacant," said Pape. "I say turn them back into natural lots."

    What do you think? Have you noticed a difference in traffic flow on Route 112?

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