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NYSDOT Addresses Residents' Concerns on Hempstead Turnpike Fence

New York State Department of Transportation officials say that the fence installed between Carmen and Franklin avenues will promote safety.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) recently addressed the concerns of East Meadow residents who recently spoke out against the installation of a fence on Hempstead Turnpike between Carmen and Franklin avenues.

The placement of the fence is part of NYSDOT's initiative to improve pedestrian safety along the 16-mile turnpike.

Yvonne Amato, who has lived on First Street for 31 years, said that safety is her main concern. She said that if there is a passageway in the middle of the fence and a proposed red light installed, students from East Meadow High School would have to cut through the passageway to cross the busy street.

Jennifer Post, spokesperson for the New York State Department of Transportation, said that the fence will keep all pedestrians safe.

"There are no breaks in the fence," Post said. "The fence will encourage pedestrians to cross at intersections that are more visible."

Amato said that she is also concerned that emergency vehicles won't be able to park on the median where the fence is being installed.

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"There was a major fire on Hempstead Turnpike last week and fire trucks and emergency vehicles parked on that median," she said. "If they were not able to, I don't think they would have been able to extinguish the fire so quickly. That is a major safety issue."

"The median is 20 feet wide," Post said. "If emergency vehicles needed to utilize it they should be able to park on it and if they needed to, firefighters can cut the fence or knock it down."

John Nikiel, who has lived on Roosevelt Avenue for 12 years, that he is bothered by the fact that the community was not given a chance to express their thoughts on the fence being placed on Hempstead Turnpike.

"It is being installed without any input or requests for opinions from any of the residents in this area," he said. "It is also being done without any previous input from or notification to any local government officials."

Post said that the NYSDOT has met with both county and local officials and discussed the safety of the corridor.

"There has been publicity on this initiative," she said.

What are your thoughts on the fence being installed? Tell us in the comments below. 

Jenn January 17, 2013 at 01:33 PM
It's a waste of money - it reminds me of the big tag located on every blowdryer cord "not for use in shower". We (corporations, business owners, government, communities) spend more money protecting the stupid. How about survival of the fittest? We all know that it's going to be one giant collector for garbage, every breeze will push debri into the fence, it will collect there until someone removes it - how often will that be? Maybe they'll bring back the prisoner clean-ups!
Brent M. January 17, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Paul I agree with you.. hopefully they keep it clean and yes no NONSENSE political signs or buisness signs away!!! Jenn I also agree with you.. but like i keep saying.. IT IS WHAT IT IS.. Prisoner clean ups still go on.. but they mostly stay along carman ave..
Catherine Mary January 17, 2013 at 06:36 PM
"And why do you cross at the light in front of the hospital? Do you work there by any chance? And if you do work there, isn't there adaquate parking on the campus for all the employees as Mr. Gianelli keeps saying? Where do you park your car? John, I cross there when I WALK TO WORK FROM MY HOUSE. Is that OK with you?
Catherine Mary January 17, 2013 at 06:39 PM
There is no such thing as common sense anymore. People feel their safety is everyone else's responsibility. If you need proof, try backing out of a parking spot at Walmart. It's ridiculous. People do stupid things, sue the person who wasn't stupid and sit home on their stupid a$$e$ counting the money they get in the law suits.
paul January 17, 2013 at 08:08 PM
To Jenn: Those are all disclaimers for the stupid and the liars, oh I mean lawyers....

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