The state recently announced the resurfacing of Sunrise Highway from Horseblock Road in Brookhaven hamlet to William Floyd Parkway in Shirley.

The project was part of a larger effort in which several major road resurfacing projects totaling $33.4 million on Long Island were completed to enhance safety and improved travel conditions, according to a 

“Modernizing and strengthening New York’s transportation network has always been one of our top priorities,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a release. “Well-maintained infrastructure plays an essential role in driving economic growth and keeps travelers safe. These projects have gone a long way towards improving driving conditions on Long Island’s busiest roadways and have made it easier for New Yorkers to get where they need to go safely and efficiently.”

The paving projects addressed some of the area’s most important and heavily used roads, seven miles of the Northern State Parkway between the New York City boundary and the Meadowbrook State Parkway, in addition to 36 entrance and exit ramps on the Parkway.

The Northern State Parkway is one of the most heavily traveled roadways on Long Island and is a key travel route used to reach New York City and such destinations as LaGuardia Airport, Roosevelt Field Mall, and the region’s many state parks. 

New reflective lane markings, shoulder delineators, and guiderail reflectors were also installed, and storm drains were cleaned and repaired to prevent flooding during the course of these resurfacing projects.

Photo: Sunrise Highway headed west in Shirley on Dec. 15, 2020. (Greater Moriches/Carl Corry)