LIBN: State Completes LI Projects Aimed at Pedestrian Safety

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The state’s Department of Transportation has completed a series of projects aimed at improving pedestrian safety along Route 25 and three other Long Island roadways.

The $8.6 million project along Route 25 added some 300 new pedestrian safety enhancement measures along the entire stretch of the road from the New York City border to Orient Point, according to a DOT statement. The improvements included more than 130 new ADA-compliant curb ramps, new and upgraded crosswalks with reflective pavement markings, upgraded traffic signals and reflective pedestrian crossing signs.

In addition, more than 1,000 feet of new sidewalks were constructed along Route 25 in Selden and Coram.

A second $2.7 million project constructed 123 ADA-compliant curb ramps on Route 24 in the Town of Hempstead, on Route 25A in the Town of Huntington, and on Route 27 in the Town of Southampton. Nearly 800 feet of new sidewalks were constructed, over a dozen pedestrian crossing signals were modernized, and new pedestrian crossing signs were added at several locations throughout these thoroughfares.

“Safety is the number one priority of the Department of Transportation,” DOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said in the statement. “Unfortunately, too often motorists are traveling at unsafe speeds or they are distracted, resulting in devastating motorist-pedestrian crashes. In addition to promoting safe driving and enforcement, these projects exemplify New York State DOT’s efforts to build safer corridors in communities across New York. A 21st century transportation network demands that we go beyond just motor vehicles and accommodate all modes of transit so that communities continue to prosper and grow.”

John Caravella Esq., is a construction attorney and formerly practicing project architect at The Law Office of John Caravella, P.C., representing architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and owners in all phases of contract preparation, litigation, and arbitration across New York and Florida. He also serves as an arbitrator to the American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Panel. Mr. Caravella can be reached by email: John@LIConstructionLaw.com or (631) 608-1346.

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