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Huntington to further study traffic calming on busy Woodbury Road

Huntington Town Hall is seen in this undated

Huntington Town Hall is seen in this undated photo. Photo Credit: Carl Corry

Huntington Town Board members have voted to conduct more study of traffic calming measures along Woodbury Road, which has been the subject of complaints about speeding and the scene of fatal accidents.

A study conducted by Uniondale-based Gibbons, Esposito & Boyce Engineers for the town's Department of Transportation and Traffic Safety regarding a 21/2-mile stretch of road from downtown Huntington south to West Pulaski Road was unveiled in June.

The study, approved by the town board last year for $24,818.52, looked at traffic volume, vehicular speed, crash analysis, including high frequency crash locations, traffic signals and pedestrian activity. It recommended doing skid testing of the surface asphalt and designing pavement markings, as well as a plan for rumble strips. The study also suggested analyzing the super-elevation of a curve in the vicinity of 299-301 Woodbury Rd.

The town board voted 5-0 Tuesday to pay Gibbons, Esposito & Boyce up to an additional $16,626 for conceptual plans for those recommendations. Town officials said the original contract did not include contingency money for extra engineering services.

Town Board member Susan Berland has been working with the community since last summer, when residents began circulating a petition to encourage traffic improvements that would prevent further accidents.

"When we had the public meeting in June, we went through all the suggestions," Berland said. "Now we need to know exactly where rumble strips should go, exactly where the narrowing goes, where the skid resistance testing should take place."

She said some recommendations of the study -- such as replacing about 88 signs with larger and more reflective signs -- began two weeks ago.

"I think if we do all of these steps, people will see a difference in how people drive on Woodbury Road," Berland said. "The bottom line is how fast are they driving and why are they driving that fast. I firmly believe if we put these traffic calming measures in place it will make a significant difference."

The issue was raised in part by Marilyn McDermott, who said she moved into a house on the busy thoroughfare in February 2013, four months before a motorcyclist was killed outside her home.

"Whatever small steps we can take at this point will help to stop people from dying and preventing more accidents," she said.


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