By COREY ADWAR
The Landing Avenue bridge in Smithtown is closed to traffic for the next two-and-a-half to three weeks as of Wednesday, July 24 for regular maintenance by the Suffolk County Department of Public Works (DPW). DPW workers spent Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23 moving equipment to the bridge and preparing for the closure by installing detour signs in the surrounding area.
The Landing Avenue bridge crosses a narrow portion of the Nissequogue River next to the Town of Smithtown-owned Landing Avenue Park in Smithtown. The concrete deck and steel railings of the bridge are tight, allowing only two cars to squeeze through, one in each direction. Lori Baldassare, government liason officer with the DPW, said the construction to the bridge’s deck will take place from late July to mid-August and will require closing the bridge to traffic in both directions.