Written by Denise Nash Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00
The long-awaited Jackson Avenue project continues to move through the system, including hearings at the Legislative meetings on the needed condemnation and alignments.
The project includes improvements to Jackson Avenue from Jericho Turnpike to the railroad tracks and also includes the realignment of Jackson Avenue along that stretch of the road.
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs has been working closely with the community and the Residents for a More Beautiful Syosset group to move this project through the system. Jacobs recently estimated a start date for the project of late summer or early fall.
“The design consultant of the Department of Public Works is putting the finishing touches on the Jackson Avenue plans,” Jacobs stated in her recent newsletter.
Many facets of government and various departments were involved in getting this project off the ground. “Construction projects such as Jackson Avenue take quite a bit of time to finally begin. The longest delay was the fact that there was condemnation of property involved,” said Jacobs, “Meetings with constituents followed, filings in court followed, and all of that takes time. The important news is that it is a go and finally security, safety and traffic flow will be corrected. I am pleased to have worked so closely with the Department of Public Works and Residents for a More Beautiful Syosset as we worked toward this successful conclusion.”
Robert Rockelein, president of Residents for a More Beautiful Syosset, anticipates both the start and completion of the project. “While it may seem that we have waited so long for this long-needed improvement to commence, in a civic and public government timeline, it has continued rather quickly thanks in large part to Legislator Judy Jacobs and Nassau County’s Public Works Department keeping a close watch on the complex processes involved to bring all agencies involved to act in concert and bring this to fruition,” said Rockelein. “The whole Syosset community will benefit greatly when this project is completed, hopefully with little or no negative impact during the construction phase. Good things come to those who wait.”
Rockelein’s sentiments were echoed by the Residents group vice president Laura Schultz and she added that “Residents for a More Beautiful Syosset is anxiously awaiting the ground-breaking for the much-needed Jackson Avenue project.”
Updates on the project will be provided by Jacobs and will be included in the Syosset-Jericho Tribune.