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NYSDOT Completes Fence on Hempstead Turnpike

East Meadow residents have said that the fence between Carmen and Franklin avenues can be a safety hazard.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) completed the installation of a fence on Hempstead Turnpike between Carmen and Franklin avenues last week. The placement of the fence is part of NYSDOT's initiative to improve pedestrian safety along the 16-mile turnpike.

During the installation, residents stating that it could be more of a safety hazard, that it could lead to more Nassau University Medical Center employees parking in neighborhoods on the south side of the hospital and that there was no input from the community before the fence was placed.

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Jennifer Post, spokesperson for the NYSDOT said that the fence will benefit the community.

"It discourages pedestrians from crossing mid-block, helping to ensure they get across the road safely at intersections, where they are more visible to motorists,"she said.

Do you think that the fence has made crossing Hempstead Turnpike safer? Tell us in the comments below.

Frank T January 28, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Pedestrians still cross in the middle of the road and then walk along the fence to the intersection. Maybe over time they will learn to use the cross walk. FYI another student was run over at the intersection by the school recently.
Jon L. February 04, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Carman Avenue not Carman Avenue. Spoke with a Nassau County AMT this weekend. Fence might be a break even since it prevents emergency vehicles from using the center median at rush hour to get patients to NUMC. Could easily add an additonal 5 minutes to transport times
Maur courtney February 04, 2013 at 04:40 PM
A fence will never make crossing the turnpike safe, ask the crossing guards

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