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New Lane on Lower Main Street Helps Speed Traffic Flow

Traffic tie-ups may now be a thing of the past.

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. 

John Russell July 03, 2011 at 02:12 PM
There are far too many people in this area, traffic is a big problem, what a shame. Not to mention that the town can't provide an adequate number of parking spaces for people to take the LIRR to work every day. On another note, when are they going to fix the big crater that is on Shore Road in front of Brio? There is no sign or any warning at all, just what appears to be a man made crater for people to bottom out their cars on!
Dolores Kazanjian O'Brien July 05, 2011 at 12:45 AM
To all the people who are (rightly) complaining about the traffic: I hope you will join us when we fight additional residential development (every unit brings on average about two cars) and when we push for transportation alternatives. There are just too many cars for our roads. And, yes, this recent change has improved the flow of traffic, but the Town of Hempstead can't just wave a magic wand and make the traffic go away. Nor do they, at the moment, have enough public support to seriously limit development and develop transportation alternatives. BTW, there is no more "rush hour." Traffic is horrendous at all hours.
lada July 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM
The new lanes on Lower Main Street make sense. Cars driving on that part of Main Street do not have to stop for customers who leave their car doors wide open so that they can get in or out, totally oblivious of oncoming cars. Dolores is right about traffic not decreasing if the Town does not limit development. Northern Port has densely populated neighborhoods such as the Village of Manorhaven and Soundview which are served by two single lane roads - Shore Road and Middle Neck Road - that connect the northern tip of the penisula to the south.
Joseph D'Alonzo July 12, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Can the timing of the light be addressed to improve traffic flow during peak hours? It works/helps alleviate traffic flow in the 5 boros.
Jennifer Wilson-Pines July 15, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Port hasn't had a significant surge in human population, just cars. Mom used to drive dad to the station in the family car. How many of you get your kid a car when they get their license? Do you know that most of the spots in the commuter lot off Port Blvd are taken by high school kids? The enemy is us.

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