Renovations to Long Island Roads
New York’s Governor recently announced that renovations to Long Island roads have been completed. These improvements include the placement of new safety features along one of Long Island’s busiest roads as well as along other sections of roads in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. The renovations include things like improved curb ramps and fixes to traffic signals as well as sidewalks. Additionally, the $8.6 million project includes markings as well as signals and ramps for Coram, Centereach, and Selden. New York’s Governor Hochul took over the project from Governor Cuomo following Cuomo’s resignation.
Renovations were completed on time and under budget. Governor Hochul also commented that if New York state is serious about making its streets safer, then the state must make sure to achieve continued renovation goals. The $8.6 million renovation was approximately a million dollars less than projected costs.
Renovations to the 90-mile section of road on Route 25 that runs from Queens to Orient Point are expected to aid drivers in navigating what are likely to soon be busy roads as the state recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A second $2.7 million project constructed 123 ADA-compliant ramps on Route 24 in Hempstead as well as Route 25A in Huntington and Route 27 in Southampton. This project saw the addition of approximately 800 feet of new sidewalks and the addition of modernized crossing signals and the addition of more pedestrian signs.
Lingering Concerns About Pedestrian Fatalities
The Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research has expressed lingering concerns about the danger of pedestrian fatalities in Nassau. In 2020, 24 pedestrians died in accidents that occurred in Nassau while another 559 pedestrians were injured in accidents. Suffolk saw 31 pedestrian deaths in 2020 and 350 injuries. The agency also reports that 6,721 pedestrians were killed on roads in the United States in 2020 which marked an increase from the 6,412 fatalities that occurred in 2019.
The project has seen 250 curb ramps installed as well as the addition of 1,800 feet of new or upgraded sidewalk. Additionally, dozens of traffic signs, as well as signals, were added.
For example, in New York’s Brookhaven, a thousand feet of sidewalks were added by the westbound lanes of Route 25 in Selden and Coram. Previously, these areas lacked any type of sidewalk. Traffic signals were also introduced to Selden’s Adirondack Drive in Selden and Centerreach’s North Howell Avenue. Meanwhile, Riverhead saw the addition of a new pedestrian crossing and signals to improve traffic flow. Governor Hochul has commented that this addition will help to beautify the area.
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