New York State officially opened its a maintenance facilty on East Jericho Turnpike Monday, shortly after the overnight sprinkling of a snow served as a reminder of the work to come.
Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez and Office of General Services Commissioner Jeanette Moy cut the ribbon on the yard, that now replaces a similar facility in Melville.
Dominguez said it is more centrally located for the work that the crews will do, allowing for improved highway maintenance activities and more efficient snow and ice removal operations. The yard also features new technology and clean energy initiatives such as radiant heat floors and charging stations.
It has the capacity for 2,500 tons of salt, 10 large dump trucks with snowplows and other equipment such as generators, lawn mowers, woodchippers and water pumps.
About 20 workers will be based at the yard, maintaining about 150 lane miles of state roads.
The site, at 1901 East Jericho Turnpike in Huntington, is the first new DOT facility on Long Island in 12 years.
Dominguez also said the department is looking to hire about 30 more highway maintenance workers. See https://www.ny.gov/programs/nysdot-employment-opportunities
Huntington Supervisor Ed Smyth and Highway Superintendent Andre Sorrentino also participated in the unveiling.