Written by Jackie Pierangelo Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00In an effort to ease the congestion at the intersection of Shore Road and Main Street, which was deemed the major traffic problem in the Town of North Hempstead’s Visioning process, the town decided to create a drive-through lane on the right hand side of Main Street heading east. With this new lane, drivers heading up Main Street would no longer be forced to wait behind vehicles that were waiting to make the left hand turn onto Shore Road.
The proposal entails removing all the parking spots from the corner of Jackson Street to the intersection of Main Street and Shore Road. Then, in order to provide parking for the businesses that are losing their parking spots, the town purchased the property on the corner of Main and Jackson, including the red house, and plan to make a parking lot there.
Mr. Pollack advised that the new lot should provide between 12 and 14 spaces, depending on what they do with the house on the property and how much of a buffer the town installs between the lot and the residences.
Port News asked TONH Councilman Fred Pollack to provide an update on the progress of the project. He said that the parking lot at Jackson and Main is on-track. “We are seeking bids to have the buildings on the property demolished so that the lot can be built,” he said. Continuing, he said that once the lot is open we will be able to remove the parking spaces on Main Street to make room for the through lane. “I expect all of this will be done by the end of the year,” said the councilman.
The question of whether the project will entail removing parking spots on the other side of the street is still undetermined at this time. The councilman advised that the engineering firm that looked at how to do the turning lane suggested three options, and it depends on which one the town board ultimately selects. “We could remove spots on one side or both. I would prefer to take spots only from the south side of Main Street and if that option works that is what I expect we will do, “ he noted.
As for the controversial tiered parking proposal, the councilman responded, “We are continuing our consideration of the comments and suggestions received and reviewing the options. I have yet to reach any conclusions as to what I would support.”