Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00
Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi is pleased to report an update on the rehabilitation of the Cedar Swamp Road entrance into our community. The Cedar Swamp Revitalization Project began in 2007 as a joint study between Nassau County and the City of Glen Cove. The study included an extensive public involvement process, done through a series of workshops and public meetings sponsored by Nassau County and the City of Glen Cove. Hosted by Mayor Suozzi and the former County Executive Tom Suozzi, these meetings were well attended by residents, stakeholders, local and county staff and a team of consultants. The ideas and feedback of the participants were utilized in order to ensure a conceptual plan would reflect broad community input.
Based upon this series of meetings, plans were developed to achieve the overarching goals of improving public safety, enhancing the streetscape and instituting traffic calming measures along this well-traveled corridor. The Cedar Swamp Road Corridor Project will include modern improvements to the roadway utilizing landscaped medians, new energy efficient LED traffic lights that are capable of withstanding a category 3 hurricane, can be monitored from a central station and are also brighter. Road improvements include all new curbing, sidewalks, utility strips, storm drains for rain runoff and safer pedestrian crosswalks that are ADA compliant. In addition, streetscape improvements will include new highway street lighting and new pedestrian level street lights for improved visibility, textured sidewalks and curbs as well as attractive street furniture, consistent in design with that in the downtown. These enhancements are not only important for public safety, they will improve the functionality of the corridor and create a visual gateway into the heart of downtown Glen Cove.
The project went out to bid and was awarded to LJ McLean. Construction was originally slated to begin in June 2009 and end in July 2010 (a 13 month duration) however it was delayed in part due to the effort to fund this shovel-ready project through the federal stimulus funding announced in 2009. The project officially stated construction in March of this year as the winter snows gave way to the March storms. On May 13, Mayor Suozzi met with County Executive Mangano and his staff, who assured him that construction will be completed in the fall of 2010.
Mayor Suozzi said, “This is an important project for Glen Cove that will provide both aesthetic improvements to make this area more inviting for pedestrians and shoppers and it will address crucial safety concerns with the present roadway configuration to make this a safer corridor for all. I thank our residents and visitors for their patience during the construction period and I look forward to a revitalized gateway into our City’s commercial center. I would also like to thank Nassau County for their continued support and assistance with this project.”
For more information visit www.glencove-li.com and click on Glen Cove Projects and Studies.