HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Crews clearing the feet of snow off the Long Island Expressway faced unexpected challenges in Suffolk County — challenges that persisted long after a stretch of the expressway had to be shut down.
As a result, the Long Island Expressway is closed in both directions between exits 57 and 73. Police said earlier that the expressway would reopen around 9 p.m. Sunday, but by midnight Sunday night, the expressway was still closed.
But crews were working hard to get the expressway back open for the morning rush.
“They’re going to drive these down the road to separate the hardpack from the road pavement,” Suffolk County Police Department spokesman Stuart Cameron told CBS 2’s Dick Brennan on Saturday.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that more than 529 pieces of equipment, including 412 additional plow trucks, and 731 operators arrived in Suffolk since Saturday to help remove mounds of snow and ice.
The additional help from New York City, Nassau County and other parts of the state means that more than one third of the state’s snow removal assets are deployed in Suffolk County.
This is one of the largest mobilizations to recover from a winter blizzard in the state’s history, Cuomo announced.