Judy Cartwright writes the Community Watchdog column
For years, a section of Radcliffe Road in Plainview has been a dangerous street for both drivers and pedestrians. Radcliffe is a residential street that runs parallel to the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway (NY Route 135), but drivers treat it as a service road -- it even has an entrance ramp -- and the 30 mph sign doesn't stop cars from doing 50, 60, even 70 mph.
-- Bruce Gillman, Plainview
Speeding is only part of the problem on Radcliffe: The double-yellow stripes down the middle of the road have faded, Gillman said, and northbound drivers who treat it as a one-way service road use both lanes. If police could patrol the road more often, he said, they would have plenty of opportunities to give out tickets around the clock.
Well, we can cross the paint problem off the list. The Town of Oyster Bay dispatched a crew late last month to repaint the road's faded lines and markings on the roughly half-mile stretch from Southern Parkway to the entrance ramp for Route 135 -- which Gillman called "the most dangerous part." He emailed us late last month as soon as the job was done.
"The road lines have been painted!" he wrote. "Plus, they did a much better job, much thicker double-lined paint."
In addition, town spokeswoman Marta Kane said the town would be willing to conduct a traffic study to determine if more stop signs are warranted on Radcliffe. She asked that Gillman submit the request in writing as per town policy, and Gillman told us he was planning to do so.
"The town can certainly perform one [a traffic study] if asked, however the protocol is typically to submit a written request to the Town Supervisor," Kane said in an email. "This way, we are made aware of the exact area and have a clear understanding of what the resident is looking for."
On the enforcement front: Nassau County Police's Second Precinct said that Radcliffe has not been an area of concern, primarily due to a lack of complaints from the neighborhood. And the number of accidents hasn't reached a level that would grab the precinct's attention, police said.
But Deputy Insp. Jim Bartscherer said he would ask patrol officers to "step it up" there in an effort to try to crack down on the speeders.
"I could see where people could be speeding to get to the Seaford-Oyster Bay," he said. "We will continue to monitor it. Nobody knows the road like the people who live there."
MICHAEL R. EBERT
New bench outside senior housing development
We are in need of a bench to sit on while waiting at the bus stop in front of our senior housing development, Newbridge Gardens. Many of us take the bus to go to doctors, etc. I have called Hempstead Town but haven't gotten results. Is there someone else I can call?
-- Valerie Brennan, Levittown
Asking the town for a bench would seem to make sense: After all, the housing complex is owned and operated by the Town of Hempstead Housing Authority. Several park-type benches are on the grounds, but none offers a view of approaching buses.
Brennan wanted one more, but quickly found out that the town's role stops short of the bus shelter near the curb.
We reached out to the company that operates the county's bus service, Nassau Inter-County Express, or NICE, and learned that it isn't in charge of bus shelters, either.
Soon after, we received an email from Nassau County's Department of Public Works.
"NICE Bus has shared with me your correspondence to them," wrote Lowell Wolf, a department project manager. Wolf said he had notified the contractor responsible for maintenance and repair of bus stop shelters and benches and anticipated the situation would be addressed soon.
It was. The next time we spoke with Brennan, a bench was in place.
-- JUDY CARTWRIGHT
'No U Turn' sign installed on Route 110
A new 'No U Turn' sign has been installed prohibiting northbound drivers on Route 110 from making an about-face at the busy intersection with Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station.
The absence of such a sign had created a potential hazard: Two sets of drivers were entering the same southbound lanes of Route 110 unaware they would need to share the road.
The U turns were occurring at the same time a signal on Jericho Turnpike permitted right turns onto Route 110.
The state Department of Transportation installed the No U Turn sign shortly after we described the situation. Department spokeswoman Eileen Peters said the need arose because a previous sign had disappeared.
-- JUDY CARTWRIGHT