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Making Our Voices Heard
LICA AND LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS CALL FOR OVERHAUL TO DANGEROUS OAKDALE MERGE

The Long Island Contractors’ Association (LICA) and local elected officials are calling for a solution to deal with the notoriously dangerous Oakdale Merge intersection. Overhauling the Oakdale Merge has been a ongoing issue for many years, with possible complicated environmental impacts. In 2018, NYSDOT held a forum about potential fixes to the area, including widening or adding lanes, incorporating bridges or viaducts, however, there has been no action from the state since that meeting.

Therefore, the Long Island Contractors’ Association, led by Executive Director Marc Herbst, together several local elected officials including those listed below, decided to hold a press conference to bring attention to this infamous intersection, as just one of the many examples of local infrastructure problems that need to be addressed. LICA recently released a “Long Island Roadways Pavement Study” performed by an independent firm-Advance Testing-which found that 82% of 379 lane miles of Long Island roads analyzed were in “poor or fair condition”, illustrating additional infrastructure needs that require increased funding.

This public call-for-action comes on the heels of the Governor’s 2020-21 budget proposal which provided little to no additional support for Long Island crumbling highways, roads and bridges. Click here to read the official press release with comments from:

  • State Senator Phil Boyle
  • State Senator Monica Martinez
  • Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino
  • Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
  • Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter
  • Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer

 

About LICA

As the voice of Long Island's Highway and Infrastructure Professionals, LICA represents Long Island's premier heavy construction general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and industry supporters. Focused primarily in the infrastructure construction industry, such as highways, bridges, sewers, parks, other public works and private site development, LICA's member companies play a significant role in sustaining the region's quality of life and economic engine that is Nassau and Suffolk Counties.