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A pedestrian trying to cross Hempstead Turnpike pushes (Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A pedestrian trying to cross Hempstead Turnpike pushes a button to change the signal at the intersection with Plainfield Road in Elmont. In an effort to increase pedestrian safety, the state DOT is planning to install raised medians on the block between Plainfield Road and Elmont Road. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Hempstead Turnpike improvement

State transportation officials are launching an unprecedented, multipronged effort to improve safety along Hempstead Turnpike's 16 miles through Nassau County, perennially named the metropolitan region's deadliest road for pedestrians.

Riders board a NICE bus at the bus
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Riders board a NICE bus at the bus stop located between New Hyde Park Road and Pacific Ave. on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square. In an effort to improve pedestrian safety, DOT is planning to move several bus stops located in the middle of blocks closer to existing crosswalks at the end of the blocks. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Just outside the Nassau University Medical Center in
(Credit: Newsday John Paraskevas)

Just outside the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, pedestrians cross a median on Hempstead Turnpike. The state DOT is planning to install fencing along this median to prevent people from crossing in the middle of the block. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Pedestrians cross Hempstead Turnpike in the middle of
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Pedestrians cross Hempstead Turnpike in the middle of the block between Cathedral and Hilton avenues in Hempstead. In an effort to increase pedestrian safety, the state DOT is planning to install raised medians on this block. (Sept. 13, 2012)

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As traffic moves along Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont,
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

As traffic moves along Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont, a pedestrian signal counts down at the intersection with Elmont Road. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Pedestrians cross Hempstead Turnpike at Plainfield Road in
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Pedestrians cross Hempstead Turnpike at Plainfield Road in Elmont. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Pedestrians cross Hempstead Turnpike in the middle of
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Pedestrians cross Hempstead Turnpike in the middle of the block between Plainfield Road and Elmont Road in Elmont. In an effort to increase pedestrian safety, the state DOT is planning to install raised medians on this block. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Pedestrians cross Hempstead Turnpike in the middle of
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Pedestrians cross Hempstead Turnpike in the middle of the block between Cathedral and Hilton avenues in Hempstead. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Just outside the Nassau University Medical Center in
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Just outside the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, pedestrians cross a median on Hempstead Turnpike. (Sept. 13, 2012)

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A pedestrian trying to cross Hempstead Turnpike pushes
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A pedestrian trying to cross Hempstead Turnpike pushes a button to change the signal at the intersection with Plainfield Road in Elmont. In an effort to increase pedestrian safety, the state DOT is planning to install raised medians on the block between Plainfield Road and Elmont Road. (Sept. 13, 2012)

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