Traffic backups on Lower Main Street may now be a thing of the past. Or at the very least, drivers won't have to wait quite so long while they head east.
That's because the parking spots on both sides of the street have been removed, and there's a dedicated left turn lane in place, allowing eastbound traffic to keep moving up Main Street.
"The required handicapped ramps have been installed and the area has been repaved," North Hempstead Councilman Fred Pollack said.
"Except for the crosswalks, which should be done next week, the project is completed," he said Thursday.
While the new traffic pattern may be good news for drivers, the project has not been without controversy. Shopkeepers have complained that the loss of parking in front of their stores would hurt business, and others expressed safety concerns about speeding causing accidents.
In February 2010, Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman told residents at a board meeting that officials would "We're not rebuilding the road," he said, "we can always go back."
A property on the corner of Main and Jackson streets has since been converted into a parking lot to compensate for the loss of on-street parking.