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Additional Traffic Lights Coming to Newbridge Road

Safety is the number one concern in adding the two new stoplights at well-traveled East Meadow intersections.

Newbridge Road, which is also known as Route 106, will soon be the home to two new traffic lights, according to the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT).

According to an email received from Eileen Peters, a public information officer for the DOT, the signals are being installed at Second Avenue and at Amherst Street/Lawn Drive along Newbridge Road, and they "are expected to be operational by June."

"The signals will be activated by detecting a vehicle on the side street, meaning they will remain green on NY Route 106/Newbridge Road until/unless a vehicle is detected on the side street," Peters said. "Protected/permissive left turn arrows for northbound and southbound NY 106 at both intersections will be provided."

Peters added that additional traffic safety measures being installed include “No Turn on Red” restrictions onto Lawn Drive and Amherst Street for northbound and southbound Newbridge Road motorists. Northbound Newbridge Road motorists will be restricted from making a left turn into and out of the automotive shop just north of Lawn Drive.

"No other traffic controls are planned at this time," Peters added, saying that construction plans are weather permitting.

Newbridge Road, which four lanes, now consists of one lane in each direction, as well as a center/turning lane. The modification was made between Hempstead Turnpike (NY Route 24) and North Jerusalem Road in East Meadow. Worry about safety conditions on the road stemmed from problems with speed and

Do you think these new traffic lights will make Newbridge Road safer? Tell us in the comments.

Jon L. May 18, 2012 at 03:14 PM
This was the right remedy in the first place. What the Alternate Deputy Presiding Officer advocated for with the center turning lane has done nothing to reduce speed on State Route 106. Traffic Signal Devices (TSDs) can be programed to reduce speed on a road but they can not reprogram the morons who use the road. The center lane is not a passing lane, the availability of that lane for stupid to use it as a passing or acceleration lane has made the road more dangerous.
Frank T May 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Good points, I call the center lane the chicken lane. The turning arrows are on both sides of the lane so you never know if a car on the opposite lane decides to merge into the turning lane. Both sides seem to have a right of way. Very poorly designed. Hope to see 4 lanes again soon. Wait until the new stores open on the corner of Hempstead turnpike and Newbridge road. As cars make a left onto Newbridge and then a short right into the shopping center this will create many accidents.
marianne krause May 18, 2012 at 03:50 PM
First of all the expense of changing Newbridge rd back down to 2 lanes could have been saved if these traffic lights where installed in the first place, and perhaps if the police dept was actually patroling the road instead of sitting at the 7-11 mosst of the day nad night maybe speeding would not be a problem. I have seen as many as 4 police cars sitting in and around the 7-11 more timess then i can count. The other problem with puttiing these lights up is that it will increase traffic on the side roads mainly bellmore rd making it unsafe for the kids that go to school at Parkway elem. Just another well thought out plan (sarcasm). Oh and by the way accidents have not gone down on Newbridge rd since the lane change
Lisa DellAccio May 18, 2012 at 06:14 PM
This should have been done in first place instead of changing from 4 to 2 lanes. Now, Newbridge Road to me is horrible. People drive ridiculous , most of the time, the road DOES not flow... and now to add more lights to the mix... just is going to make for a more horrible drive on that road. I just dont understand what they are doing with all the changes so often!!...
Katherine Trunk May 18, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Newbridge Road definitely has been much improved since 2009. That is the year in which 4 lanes were in place for the area of Newbridge Road just between Hempstead Turnpike and North Jerusalem Road. According to article in the EM Herald of July 28, 2010 there were 119 accidents that year , as well as 6 deaths! It truly was horrific when the 4 lanes had existed. The area referred to is just over a mile or so between Hempstead Turnpike and North Jerusalem Road- the statistics are mind boggling considering the relatively small distance of roadway and extensive amount of tragedies in year 2009. I am curious as to what the comparative statistics are with regard to the year 2011, when road configuration was in place. It seems to me, that Newbridge Road is considerably improved.
Gail Ginsberg Finkelstein May 18, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I agree with Frank from above. We certainly don't need more nail salons and pizzerias. The ones we have are just gone. It's ridiculous to put stores there and who needs them. Westbound Jericho toke making left onto brush hollow there is a 7-11. Once you make that turn the cars in the right lane can turn into 7-11 and all the others stop short. Accidents waiting to happen. The same scenario will be there too!
Rebecca May 19, 2012 at 05:14 AM
You guys need to Google the phrase "road diet." Changing Newbridge Road from a 4-lane road with no left turn lanes, into a 3-lane road with a center turn lane, is a major improvement. It slows people down when there is no passing lane; yes, it is slower - that's the whole point! Traffic lights are not speed control devices. They do not slow people down. They *assign right of way* and typically are most helpful to people on the side street or people who turn left off the main road. Accident data for the last couple of years is already available. If you want to FOIL it from NYSDOT, go right ahead. I'll bet the accident rate is down, and I know that no one has died on that stretch since they did the road diet.
marianne krause May 19, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Oct 26 2011 crash kills motorcyclist
sal spataro May 19, 2012 at 08:00 PM
it's about time it's been hell trying to make a left turn from lawn drive. The dot should have installed a traffic light along time ago. maybe all the people that have been killed at this intersection would be alive today.
rachele May 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I'm waiting for a left turn arrow to be installed at the corner of Front Street and East Meadow Ave. facing North. Not only is this a dangerous intersection, but to avoid the long line of vehicles waiting to turn, many cut through the shopping center parking lot. This also compromises the safety of pedestrians and other cars.
Lisa Macko May 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM
motorcyclist died right where they are putting one of these lights because of the center turning lane, check your facts again, it was right after they changed the road from 4 lanes to 2
Lisa Macko May 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Im fine with the traffic lights, but common.. the 2 lanes is stupid. They should have kept 4 lanes and installed lights. Do you know how far newbridge will be backed up in both directions during the morning and evening work rush with these lights now. and as somebody said up there.. the center lane... its like playing chicken.. when i am coming northbound on newbridge and have to make a left turn on the block across from 711 its near impossible, because as im merging everyone else is merging because they want to go to 711!
Katherine Trunk May 21, 2012 at 08:43 PM
The road reconfiguration has made the road safer, reducing the four lanes to two. According to the EM Herald July 28, 2010, there had been 6 fatalities and 119 accidents in 2009 along the dangerous stretch of roadway !! This was slightly over just a mile's distance, - an extremely high incidence of tragic occurances . The motorcycle crash which you referred to , did not occur right after the road redesign but over one year later after . Overall, the redesign has made the road far safer. Less speeding drivers.
marianne krause May 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Thats not the only fatality on newbridge rd that was just an example of how things are not better it is also not the only accident since the change. The road redesign was just aother waste of tax payers money. The lights should have been put up years ago when the road went from 2 to 4 lanes. Doesn't matter I guess because as long as you have people who have cars that are more then they can handle, or drunks abd drug addicts geting behind the wheel no matter what is done it will not help
Lisa Macko May 21, 2012 at 10:58 PM
If they would have put lights up when it was still 4 lanes it would have made less speeding drivers.. they would have had to stop at a light every 1/4 mile preventing them from gaining the speed.. the 2 lanes is a headache, and its dangerous with everyone sharing the center lane to turnand crossing newbridge is even harder now, its causing more traffic, more cars in a single lane, atleast when there was 2 lanes in both directions, the traffic wasnt constant, there was a break in the cars traveling
marianne krause May 22, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Lisa you are so right
cb May 23, 2012 at 12:49 AM
should have left it the way it was 4 lanes drove down southbound last week to jerusalem av traffic crawled even without the new lights. another norma boondoogle. why did they even widen the road years ago if we are now up to this. i want my money back
Marly Schlossman May 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM
ms only time will tell if this helps, I want to know what they are doing to fix the problem getting in and out of Meadow Lane Estates on Newbridge Rd. If you are trying to go into driveway for Meadow Lane Estates and are in turning lane the cars from the other direction go into the same turning lane to make the left turn on N Jerusalem Ave. They think this is there turning lane and it is not. Almost had accident there a couple of times.
Rocco May 24, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Regarding the comments made about the police not "patrolling the road:" The cruisers that NCPD patrol officers use, as far as I understand it, are not equipped with radar/laser speed detection equipment. If you feel that there is a problem with speeding on Newbridge Road, contact a First Precinct POP officer and let them know where you feel they need to be enforcing the speed limit. Complaining about them taking a break at the local 7-11 gets us nowhere.
marianne krause May 24, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Now here's a joke telling the police dept what they are doing wrong and really expecting something to be done about it. They don't need a radar/laser gun to tell when someone is speeding they did it for years before the invention of the gun. As far as 7/11 goes its not break time when the police are there hours on end. I would love to suggest that EVERY NCPD officer should have to spend a month with the NYPD to see what real policed work is.
paul May 24, 2012 at 05:20 PM
To marianne krause: You are so funny. Most of the NCPD did come from the NYPD. You are the one that has no idea about ANY POLICE WORK.... Happy to help...

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