Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00
(Ed.’s note: We asked the Village of Port Washington North to update the community on the status of the Bay Walk project and to explain why there is so much heavy equipment on Shore Road. Here’s what they wrote. –JP)
Many residents of the community must be wondering “What’s with all the road closings and heavy equipment along the waterfront?” Here’s an update from Port Washington North.
Phase 1 of the Bay Walk Waterfront Park is commencing. For over 15 years there has been talk about a bay walk along Shore Road. Now that dream is finally becoming reality. A joint effort between the Village of Port Washington North and the Town of North Hempstead, The Bay Walk Waterfront Park Phase 1 is about halfway completed. The path has been carved out, the seating rails are in place,
and construction is now under way to rebuild the old Lewis Oil heating oil transfer pier. But the pier is not simply being replaced; it’s being expanded. The pilings you may see to the left of the pier that were recently put into the mouth of Sheets Creek are the foundation of a new fishing pier. At the end of the existing pier will be a large canopy. And to the right will be a floating boat/kayak dock. This will allow small boats to visit Port Washington North, and to allow access to the waterway for kayakers as well. Once completed, the walkway will be lined with decorative pavers, artistic inlays, art from local artists depicting the history and flavor of Manhasset Bay, landscaping and lighting. While the first phase of the project has had its surprises and delays, it is moving forward and hopefully will be completed by this fall. “The Village of Port North wishes to extend thanks to Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the Town of North Hempstead for partnering in this effort,” says Port North Mayor Bob Weitzner. Anyone interested in learning more about the project can call Port Washington North Village Hall at 883-5900.
Another project under way has resulted in various road closings in the area. The temporary closing of Central Avenue and lane closings along Shore Road involves work being done by LIPA to bring a new underground electric feed into the Village of Port Washington North. Once completed, many of the intermittent power outages that have been experienced by frustrated homeowners in parts of Port North will finally be eliminated. To accomplish this project, LIPA needed to take the line down at Central Avenue, which lies in the Village of Baxter Estates. The Village Board of Port Washington North and its residents are most grateful to Mayor Fred Nicholson and his village for working with LIPA to ensure that the work moved in a diligent and safe manner. The line will go from Central Avenue to Shore Road heading north. It will end at Wachovia Bank and then cross over Shore Road. From there it will tie into the existing feed to Port Washington North. As part of this project, LIPA has agreed to remove four utility poles along the Bay Walk on Shore Road that have been blocking the beautiful views of the Bay. The Village of Port Washington North wishes to thank LIPA for its efforts and financial resources for addressing what has been a major quality of life issue for many residents. “From day one, LIPA has taken the time to come to board meetings to hear from our residents and come up with a plan, which we applaud. But what is most gratifying is to see the plan implemented”, says Port North Trustee Steven Cohen.
Shore Road currently has an ugly trench running in the middle. Now what? Well, Port North has reached out to Nassau County, with the help of Legislator Wayne Wink, to use Federal Stimulus funds to completely repave Shore Road this fall, from Main Street to Cow Neck Road. Once that’s completed, it’s on to Port North’s Phase 2 of the Local Safe Streets and Traffic Calming project which will add brick crosswalks and countdown signals along and across Shore Road from Old Shore Road to Cow Neck Road. That project should begin next spring. In the end, Shore Road and our waterfront will never look better.