Fix The Merge - FINALLY!

SEN. Thomas D. Croci

February 24, 2016

Senators Tom Croci And Phil Boyle Fight To Fix Infamous 'Oakdale Merge'

On February 23, 2016, NYS Senators Tom Croci and Phil Boyle stood alongside Long Island's first responders and community activists at a press conference to demand that State legislators and the Governor FINALLY provide the funding necessary to fix the infamous ‘Oakdale Merge’ in Oakdale, NY. 

The ‘Oakdale Merge’ is an area where two major state highways, NYS Route 27 (Sunrise Highway) and NYS Route 27-A (Montauk Highway), converge over the Connetquot River between East Islip and Oakdale. Through this portion of roadway, the usual five traffic lanes in each direction of Sunrise Highway are reduced to only three lanes with additional traffic entering onto Sunrise Highway via the Hecksher State Parkway/Southern State Parkway interchange. These conditions cause a bottleneck of traffic flow in both directions leading to major delays for traffic traveling at high volume times during the morning and evening rush hour commutes.

The merge is impacted by several major motor vehicle accidents each year, and, a few years ago  was the site of a thirteen-car accident caused by a chain reaction accident at the merge.  This funding aims to not only develop a plan to increase motorists’ and nearby businesses’ quality of life with better traffic flow, but to also increase public safety with decreased car accidents and better accessibility for first-responders to emergencies.

Many lives have been lost, businesses have suffered and residents have had enough. The time is NOW to finally fix this congested and hazardous roadway once and for all!

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