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NYS Rep Explains Continued Newbridge Road Work

Additional measures are being taken for safety reasons.

With construction continuing on Newbridge Road in East Meadow, many residents have contacted Patch inquiring as to what's going on next.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) addressed what the latest work is about in an email.

"NYSDOT is not making any changes on NY Route 106/Newbridge Road, but we are removing the old then providing new pavement markings to help improve visibility and safety," Eileen Peters, a state spokesperson, said. "It is basically a moving operation to provide new crosswalk, stop bars, arrows, letters, long-line (travel lane) pavement markings to better guide drivers." 

"This work is taking place both day and night during off-peak travel times and is expected to be completed in about two weeks, weather permitting," she added.  "One last fact: NYSDOT strives to replace pavement markings every three years to maintain motorists’ safety."

Two additional traffic lights at Amherst Street/Lawn Drive and Second Avenue, as the aim is to help traffic flow on the oft-traveled East Meadow roadway.

Do you think the additional lights have made a positive impact on the area? Tell us in the comments.

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Rick Price July 23, 2012 at 01:02 PM
The additional lights are horrible !! Just one man's opinion.
Douglas R Wood Sr July 23, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I have lived here all my life. They were going to widened newbridge road since I was in elementary school at Newbrige Road school. They finally make it 4 lanes. That was fine. Then the powers to be decide to put it back to one with the turning lanes. I didn't think it could get any worse, but now the new lights. Newbrige is now a nightmare. I live right off of it. I avoid it as best I can
paul July 23, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Need to travel their on differnt days and times to tell. To soon for me to tell.... One trip does not make it good or bad...
Florence Trunk July 23, 2012 at 09:44 PM
These lights create more hazards than promote safety! Check out the records from the Rescue & Firetrucks in the area. There have been several accidents in the last 3 weeks alone! Drivers get "ancy" when the traffic builds up/especially during rush hours. They try to pass stopped vehicles to travel on their way. As for pedestrians: they normally would benefit from the crosswalk but with cars trying to turn, it's not safe, especially with strollers or walkers trying to get across in the specified time; the same goes for bicyclists. All in all, if drivers were cautious, courteous, patient (the old "Golden Rule") there would be no need for these extra lights.
Susan July 24, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Really? No need?? Have you ever tried to drive across Newbridge Road on a street without a light at a high traffic hour? It's next to impossible to get across. Personally I love the new traffic light at Second Avenue. I need to cross Newbridge Road at that spot quite frequently and before the light was installed, you took your life into your hands trying to get from Second Street across Newbridge to Second Avenue. How can a traffic light be a bad thing? People blow through stop signs but do tend to stop at traffic lights (at least on the side streets). Unfortunately, there are always going to be people who don't obey the traffic laws regardless of lights, stop signs, etc. I've also seen plenty of pedestrians crossing against the light AND pushing a baby stroller. Is it safer for these people to be crossing where there are no traffic lights? I seriously doubt it. Most of the time, you have to beg to get additional traffic lights where needed. These are 2 lights that were added for SAFETY. So you'll get to your destination 2 minutes later but you will get there.
MaryJane July 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM
I agree!!!
Lisa Macko July 30, 2012 at 03:33 PM
i say keep the traffic lights, but give us back our 4 lanes... trying to cross newbridge with just the 2 lanes from a block without a traffic lane takes forever... trying to turn down my block is a nightmare from newbridge, because i have to "share" the turning lane with people turning into 711... its a game of chicken everytime
marianne krause July 30, 2012 at 04:46 PM
@Lisa you are absolutly correct! keeping it 4 lanes instead of bringing it back to 2 lanes would have been a better solution. The amount of traffic on Newbrigde during rush hour is unbelievable and this is the real world people do get annoyed and do do stupid things while driving so better to let the traffic flow with four lanes and not two

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