Assemblyman D’Urso Announces $62 Million State Funding for Pedestrian Safety Upgrades

June 16, 2018

Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso announces that New York State will invest$62 million in upgrades which will make it safer for pedestrians to cross the street. The State has studied many crosswalks and evaluated safety concerns and then identified the upgrades needed to make the crosswalks safer for people who are walking.

Nassau County will receive $330,000 to build a curb extension at the intersection of South Middle Neck Road and Barstow Road as part of the pedestrian safety upgrade in the Village of Great Neck Plaza. This is at the crosswalk where a pedestrian was fatally stuck during his morning walk in September 2016.

Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean A. Celender thanked Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso for his efforts to secure state grant monies for the Nassau County Department of Public Works (NCDPW) to design and construct bulb-outs, or crosswalk extensions, at the intersection of South Middle Neck Road (a county road) at Barstow Road in the village, “Curb extensions are a proven, effective traffic calming technique with many benefits. Bulb-outs increase pedestrian visibility at intersections through improved sight lines, decrease pedestrian exposure to vehicles by shortening the crossing distance, and raise a pedestrian from the street level to curb height in a refuge area that will reduce potential conflicts with vehicles. Thanks, too, to the efforts of Commissioner Ken Arnold and Deputy Commissioner Sean Sallie of the NCDPW for sponsoring it and writing the successful grant proposal. We pledge our support and cooperation with Nassau County, and we’ll help in any way that we can, in the implementation of this important traffic safety improvement. “

“We would like to continue to maintain Great Neck as a walkable neighborhood, making it safer at crosswalks. This is something that will affect all communities, making it safer for people who are walking,’ said Assemblyman D’Urso.