Judy Cartwright writes the Community Watchdog column
A busy Lynbrook intersection on Sunrise Highway received a left-turn arrow last year for southbound drivers, but it won't be getting one in the northbound lanes.
In September, we wrote about Bernadette Pender's efforts to get turn signals for drivers on Broadway. She cited the difficulty of making left turns -- especially from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. -- because of traffic volume from nearby Lynbrook Kindergarten Center and Lynbrook High School.
The state Department of Transportation determined a left-turn arrow was needed for southbound drivers and installed one in the fall. But the department said another study would be necessary for the northbound lanes. It was recently completed.
The study found that the average wait for a left turn was 27 seconds, department spokeswoman Eileen Peters said, less than the 35 seconds that would warrant a left-turn signal. Additionally, she said, one left-turn crash was reported in the past three years, lower than the state's five-crash threshold.
"The volume of traffic turning left and the drivers' delays were minimal and thus were well below minimum criteria and current acceptable traffic safety standards and practices required for a left-turn arrow," Peters said in an emailed statement. "As you know, NYSDOT must be certain that any traffic control changes" will improve safety.
Pender is nevertheless pleased that a southbound turn signal was installed, a move she said has made the intersection safer.
"Let me tell you what a pleasure it was driving my daughter to the high school each morning," she said. "The traffic flows 100 percent better in the intersection due to the new southbound left-turn signal."
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-- MICHAEL R. EBERT
Storm drain. Fulton Boulevard in Commack has a new storm drain. And it works.
It hadn't in the 16 years since Tom Phelan moved to the street. Each heavy rain would leave water several inches deep in the street, which in winter resembled an ice rink.
Phelan called us recently with an update: The Smithtown Highway Department "put in a new drain system, new curbing and repaired the street. And I've been sitting in anticipation of the first big rainstorm to see if it actually worked. We had that last night, and when we drove by this morning the street was bone dry. So if definitely worked."
We had contacted the town in the spring when Phelan told us the rains of April and May were collecting in the street even though a highway crew had vacuumed the drain in March in response to a call from Phelan. Last month Highway Superintendent Glenn Jorgensen told us the department determined the underground infrastructure was shot and a new concrete drainage ring was on the way.
The eyesore on Huntington Road is gone.
We reported last year that the long-vacant house -- holes were visible in the roof and eaves and around the front entry -- had been added to Huntington's list of blighted properties and the owner had signed a restoration agreement that required putting the property up for sale. It went on the market in July 2012 priced at $450,000.
In February it sold at a price of $350,000, according to public records. Town spokesman A.J. Carter said a building permit was issued to the new owner in May.
When we checked last week, the rebuilt house was back on the market. The price this time: $1.195 million.