Motorists, Ho! A Roadwork Update

The machine, seen here in Southampton, used to grind up Montauk Highway has gotten only a bit of use so far. David E. Rattray

A roadway construction project from Southampton Village to East Hampton has already hit some roadblocks, just one week into the project.

Crews began grinding up Montauk Highway, starting at the Country Road 39 intersection in Southampton and working their way east, on March 31. A stretch of asphalt was taken up, but little else appears to have been done along the 8.2-mile stretch that is scheduled for work.

Eileen Peters, a spokeswoman for the State Department of Transportation, said the project is, however, progressing as expected. "As noted in the travel advisory, roadway construction, particularly asphalt paving, is weather dependent. Despite snow, low temperatures, and heavy rain last week, three-quarters of a mile of old pavement was removed and repairs to the base pavement were made to prepare it properly for the new asphalt surface," she said in an email on Monday.

Work is supposed to be under way, weather permitting, midday during the off-peak hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at night, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The D.O.T. antipates that most of the work will be completed by Memorial Day. Initally, the department had said completion was targeted for the end of the year, with a hiatus scheduled during the summer because of the heavy traffic volume.

The $7.6 million project, which stretches to Stephen Hand's Path in East Hampton, will include replacement of the road with fresh asphalt. An area of the highway from Buell Lane in East Hampton Village to South Etna Avenue in Montauk is due to be resurfaced later this year under separate funding.