(Editor's Note: Senator Kemp Hannon sent in this letter to update residents regarding efforts to have a traffic light installed at the Franklin Avenue/Fourth Street intersection.)
In previous months I have, on behalf of my neighbors, made requests to the Nassau County Department of Public Works to work with the Village of Garden City to make necessary traffic improvements at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Fourth Street. I would like to take this opportunity to provide the community with updated information regarding our joint efforts to have a traffic light installed at that location and improve pedestrian and vehicular safety and the peace of mind of all residents.
At my request, the Nassau County Department of Public Works, under the greater authority of Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, has completed a study of the Franklin Avenue/Fourth Street intersection and has found that a traffic signal is warranted. The determination also specifies that, due to various access points to the site, the developer of the Bookspan site, Rockrose Development Corporation, is responsible for the design and construction of the traffic signal.
At this stage, Rockrose is now required to retain the services of a licensed professional engineer to prepare the necessary plans for the signalization of a specific driveway at the intersection as well as the necessary closings of some adjacent driveways. The Department of Public Works plans to work with the engineers to ensure all conditions are met. When installation of the signal is completed in accordance with county standards, the county will then accept ownership and maintenance of the traffic signal.
Approval for this much sought after traffic light is a significant step forward as we work together to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety and enhance the overall quality of life in our hometown of Garden City. Hopefully, we will be equally successful addressing other traffic problems, including ongoing concerns about Garden City Middle School.
Senator Kemp Hannon