Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that work has been completed on projects that will enhance safety for pedestrians along the 90-mile corridor of State Route 25 and portions of three other roads in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The projects, both completed on time and under budget, added more than 250 new curb ramps, more than 1,800 feet of new or upgraded sidewalks, and dozens of new traffic signals and signs that will improve travel conditions for both pedestrians and motorists on some of Long Island's busiest roadways. All enhancements were designed to meet modern safety standards.
"If we are serious about securing a greener future for all New Yorkers, making our streets safer and more walkable needs to be at the top of our agenda," Governor Hochul said. "More and more people are taking to the roads again as our state continues coming back from the pandemic, and we must continue working to improve accessibility and make our streets and highways more accommodating to all modes of transportation."
The $8.6 million project along State Route 25 added approximately 300 new pedestrian safety enhancement measures - both large and small - along the entire stretch of the road from the New York City border to Orient Point. The project cost was approximately $1 million less than the initial estimated costs. Enhancements include:
- 131 new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps.
- 12 upgraded traffic signals and 2 new traffic signals with audible signals.
- 49 new crosswalks and 59 upgraded crosswalks, each with highly reflective pavement markings.
- 45 new reflective pedestrian crossing signs.
Additionally, approximately 1,000 feet of new sidewalk were constructed along State Route 25 in the Town of Brookhaven, providing pedestrian accommodations in areas adjacent to the westbound lanes in Selden and Coram that had previously lacked them. Two new traffic signals at Adirondack Drive in Selden and North Howell Avenue in Centereach will also serve to calm traffic and accommodate foot traffic coming to and from area shopping centers and residential developments. The North Howell Avenue signal will also provide improved roadway access for the Centereach Fire Department.
At Court Street in the Town of Riverhead, a new signalized pedestrian crossing will help motorists navigate the intersection while beautifying with colored traffic signal masts and fresh concrete around the northeast corner near the historic World War I memorial.
A second $2.7 million project - about $600,000 less than expected - constructed 123 new ADA-compliant curb ramps on State Route 24 (Hempstead Turnpike) in the Town of Hempstead, State Route 25A (Main Street) in the Town of Huntington, and State Route 27 in the Town of Southampton. Nearly 800 feet of new sidewalks were constructed, over a dozen pedestrian crossing signals were modernized, and new pedestrian crossing signs were added at several locations throughout these thoroughfares.
Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "Safety is the number one priority of the Department of Transportation. Unfortunately, too often motorists are traveling at unsafe speeds or they are distracted, resulting in devastating motorist-pedestrian crashes. In addition to promoting safe driving and enforcement, these projects exemplify New York State DOT's efforts to build safer corridors in communities across New York. A 21st Century transportation network demands that we go beyond just motor vehicles and accommodate all modes of transit so that communities continue to prosper and grow."
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said, "Improving conditions on our roadways for motorists, while enhancing pedestrian safety, is an economic shot in the arm for many small businesses. I thank Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Department of Transportation for ensuring the on-time completion of this project."
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, "Infrastructure and public safety remain a top priority, and these critical enhancements will help ensure pedestrian safety on some of our busiest roads. I want to thank Governor Hochul for recognizing the continued need to invest in Long Island's infrastructure as we work to build a 21st century transportation network across Suffolk County."
Motorists are urged to slow down and drive responsibly throughout the work zone. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual's driver license.