Written by Wendy Kreitzman Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00
The persistent, very dangerous flooding at the corner of Middle Neck Road and Old Mill Road in the Old Village will soon come to an end. After years of planning, Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth brought together Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and local public officials and a major road improvement plan is in place and funded. The project is scheduled to begin within the next two months and will improve road conditions and drainage.
The project addresses decades-old concerns in the area. The work consists of roadway and drainage improvements from Beverly Road to Preston Street, within the villages of Great Neck, Great Neck Estates and Kensington. During the project a concrete box culvert will be built which will provide additional drainage.
In addition there will be curb and pavement improvements. The project will also call for utility alteration and additional work. It is expected to take one year to complete this project. Mangano has pledged that there will be no work during “during holy days, most notably Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.”
Legislator Bosworth told the Great Neck Record that the issues were first brought to her attention many years ago by Victor Feld, president of the cooperative board at 444 Middle Neck Road, in the Village of Great Neck. And she added that Feld and the village’s Mayor Ralph Kreitzman “helped me understand the magnitude.” Study into the situation showed that many buildings were seriously impacted by the drainage issues, including the apartment building, Temple Beth-El and many neighboring businesses.
Bosworth emphasized that “With the changes in weather patterns it has become more apparent than ever how important it is to address the flooding issues along Middle Neck Road.”
And Bosworth added that this “vital project … could not have proceeded without the support of County Executive Mangano and his staff along with local elected officials and community leaders.”
Bosworth also noted the cooperation of Temple Beth-El and Frank Lalazarian, owner of the apartment building at the southwest corner of Middle Neck Road and Old Mill Road. “This is an example of a community coming together,” she said.
Mangano spoke of his “partnership” in working with Bosworth and with community leaders. “Together, we are building a better, brighter and safer Nassau County.”
The local mayors are all delighted, relieved that the roadway/drainage project will finally come to fruition and all are most of appreciative of the efforts Boworth put forth to bring this about. Mayor Kreitzman told the Record that Bosworth was “immediately responsive” to the problems and credits the legislator with moving the project forward. “After her hard work a number of years ago, this project progressed through the required engineering and even awarding of the construction contract, but was halted when NIFA took control,” Kreitzman explained, noting that Bosworth “never gave up.”
Kensington Mayor Susan Lopatkin also spoke of looking forward to “greatly reduced or eliminated” flooding issues, especially in light of changing weather patterns. Lopatkin plans to meet with construction management to minimize any traffic issues once the work begins.
Great Neck Estates Mayor David Fox much appreciates the cooperative efforts: “This project shows that both parties, with conscientious officials, can address problems and move issues forward when they reach across the aisle.” And, in addition, he noted the pressing need for good conditions for a “main artery … a heavily traveled road” needed for commuters and first responders.
At least by next summer, Middle Neck Road should be up to par, ready to handle the many “every 100-year storms” we face each year.