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Village Moving Forward With Rumble Strips Request

Trustees authorize Public Works director Robert Mangan to request Nassau County place the strips on Rockaway Avenue.

Trustees authorized Public Works director Robert Mangan to request Nassau County place rumble strips on Rockaway Avenue.
Trustees authorized Public Works director Robert Mangan to request Nassau County place rumble strips on Rockaway Avenue.
The village board on Thursday took one step forward in the process to better control speed on Rockaway Avenue, especially at the Merillon Avenue/Rockaway Avenue intersection near Garden City High School.

Trustees (Brian Daughney was absent) authorized Public Works director Robert Mangan to request Nassau County place rumble strips on Rockaway Avenue.

The item was deferred at the Oct. 4 and Oct. 18 meetings to give the village's engineering department time to study a proposed location and investigate related noise levels if such strips were to be installed.

Mangan said the strips are thermal. "Single coating rather than the raised coating ... the single one would be more visual than auditory," he said.

"You feel it when you drive over them," Mayor Don Brudie added, noting that certain rumble strips are undesirable in many communities. "Even AAA feels the same about some rumble strips. These are not those kind."

In October the village board unanimously authorized Mangan to request that the county study a possible reconfiguration of the intersection, which could include a traffic light.

Trustee Nick Episcopia said the board will keep pressing the county to approve  the strips. "Most likely the county will not pay for this," he said of the strips. "The bill will come back to us. We'll have to fund it ourselves, most likely."

Episcopia, who sits on the Traffic Commission, recently traveled to Ronkonkoma with police commissioner Kenneth Jackson to see the effectiveness of rumble strips on a similar road approaching a school.

"I think we've done a lot of investigation on this. I think it was reasonably controversial in the beginning. People were concerned about the noise. They were concerned ... there were people who said it would jolt the cars and perhaps it would be dangerous. None of that has proven to be true by the engineers or any of us that went out there and rode around the strips," he said.

Rockaway Avenue is a county-owned road. Advisory signs like flashing yellow warning signs, however, do not need Nassau's approval. The signs, which the Traffic Commission agreed to use, should be delivered within the next two weeks and are expected to be installed before the new year on the north and south sides of Rockaway.

"We are pursung other safety measures here that don't need county approval," trustee Andrew Cavanaugh said. "We are taking other steps as well on our own initiative."

To further mitigate the problem and perhaps ease resident concern, village police are also "cracking down in the area, issuing approximately 500 tickets over the "past couple of months."

Trustee Laurence Quinn, the sole trustee voting against the strips, said the measure is "not necessarily a permanent solution."

"Maybe in a year or two we will re-address this issue," he said.
Jack O'Niel November 19, 2012 at 04:30 PM
This should be interesting. Now you complain about the traffic, soon you'll complain about the noise coming from the strips on a quiet day.
Bill Sweeney November 21, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Big deal. All the county roads need to be realigned with less lanes, middle turn lanes, more stop lights, and lights that are timing to slow, not speed up traffic. Clinton, Washington, New Hyde Park Rd, etc. all should be 3 lanes (one middle turn lane) not 4. Rocaway could be reconfigured, too...with the northernmost lane neat the GCGC made into parking for St. paul's and then making 3 lanes (with a middle turn lane). Something needs to be done. GC is a town, not a pass-through highway route. The Village needs to make the county take notice of this. Why can't we take over the rounds anyway? The county always needs money...tell them this will remove some costs.

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