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Main Street/Shore Road Intersection Traffic Calming Causes Upset to Some

Updating the town’s traffic-calming project at the light on the corner of Main Street and Shore Road, Councilman Pollack advised that the house on Jackson was purchased. Thus far, the town has removed the asbestos from the house and is waiting for LIPA to turn off the utilities. “It should be demolished within the next few weeks,” he said.

The plan is to turn the property into a small parking lot to service lower Main Street businesses, which will lose on-street parking on both sides of Main in order to create a drive through lane for cars heading east on Main Street.

A resolution on the agenda for the Feb. 16 town board meeting is to set a date for a public hearing that reads: …to establish “No Stopping Any Time” restrictions on the north side of Main Street, west of Shore Road for a distance of 271 feet; and on the south side of Main Street from Jackson Street to a point 6 feet east of Bank Street.

Harbor Deli owner, Harry Defeo, is not happy with this, however. He told the Port News that he has been collecting signatures of businesses owners, property owners and patrons of the lower Main Street area on a petition that he plans to present to the board at its Feb. 16 meeting. “I think I’ll have 1,000 signatures by then,” he noted.

The petitioners feel that removing these parking spots will create a dangerous and unsafe condition exposing pedestrians at the south curb to vehicles, which are traveling straight past the turn lane and next to the curb.

The petition also reads, “it will be virtually impossible to frequent or shop this very important part of the Port business district with this lack of parking spots on Main Street.”

Predicting the end of lower Main Street as we know it, the petition continues:

“The limited accessibility of the proposed parking lot, along with the town’s proposed restrictions of how you may enter or exit the lot, will create is own hazards and congestions and hasten the total economic and financial demise of that vital and historic part of the community.”

Councilman Pollack argues that lower Main Street loses a lot of business now because customers avoid that section of town because of the traffic congestion at the intersection.

He added that this increases traffic on Third Street, Covert and Jackson because of the detours made by drivers wanting to avoid lower Main Street.