Deadly Roslyn Heights intersection gets added safety features

Skid marks are shown at Roslyn Road and

Skid marks are shown at Roslyn Road and Locust Lane after two 19-year-old Mineola men were killed on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 when their car struck a curb and then a tree in the backyard of a Roslyn Heights house. (Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Officials from Nassau County and North Hempstead Town have added safety measures to a deadly Roslyn Heights intersection, a month after a fatal crash nearby.

Two Mineola teens were killed traveling north on Roslyn Road last month. They crashed into a backyard past where the road crosses Locust Lane, authorities have said.

Officials had huddled the day before the crash to discuss area safety issues. The family that lives on the property where the crash occurred had complained that drivers heading north on Roslyn Road become confused when they approach the area where the county road veers east onto town-run Locust Lane.


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Cars had landed on the front and side of the family's property -- which fronts on Oak Lane -- and in one instance totaled the homeowner's vehicle, the family said.

Nine hours after the meeting had ended, the teens crashed into the backyard, and officials said they would step up plans to ease Roslyn Road.

The county has added pavement markings and speed signs, including at least one that tells drivers how fast they're going, and increased speed detection, and the town installed a guardrail to partially cover the part of the house on Locust Lane.

Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) said the county is working quickly to make fixes. She envisioned removing the veer-off lane and adding a full traffic light where Roslyn Road meets Locust Lane, creating a true right-turn lane onto Locust Lane with a right-turn signal at the intersection.

"The best thing for the Roslyn residents is for this particular section of the road to become known as a speed trap to force themselves to go slow," Jacobs said.

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