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Hempstead Turnpike improvement

A pedestrian trying to cross Hempstead Turnpike pushes

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) Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

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
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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
Photo 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
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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)

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

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

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

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

A pedestrian trying to cross Hempstead Turnpike pushes
Photo 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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