Village of Floral Park residents may finally get a crosswalk that increases pedestrian safety on Tulip Avenue.
The Nassau County Department of Public Works is planning to construct a crosswalk at a busy intersection of Tulip Avenue and Iris Avenue before next spring. The new crosswalk will include a painted roadway, a pedestrian walking sign and handicapped-accessible curbs. Flashing beacons are expected to be added next spring.
In fall 2014, Nassau County Legis. Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park) said the crosswalk would be completed this spring. But Public Works couldn't meet the deadline because it was redesigning the crosswalk layout and securing federal funds for the Floral Park Reconstruction Project to entirely repave Tulip Avenue.
"The most frustrating part is that the wheels of government move slowly and sometimes you have to push and push," Nicolello said.
County Legis. Vincent Muscarella (R-West Hempstead) said the crosswalk will help the community.
"Hopefully, the delays are behind us and the project will be completed around spring of next year," Muscarella said.
However, some in Floral Park are unconvinced the crosswalk will be finished by then. Chris Schneider, 71, a village resident for 50 years and a North End Civic Association member, distributed nearly 2,000 fliers to a dozen stores on the avenue, urging people to demand a crosswalk.
"It's a very narrow road and it's tough for senior citizens and mothers with baby carriages to cross it," Schneider said. ". . . You go through at your own risk."
He said the crosswalk would make it safer for customers shopping near the proposed crosswalk at Village Market, Lee's Drugs and Levine's, a gift shop.
Tony Liberti, 47, owns Village Market, where cashiers have been sticking Schneider's fliers in shoppers' grocery bags.
"I'm surprised there hasn't been many accidents," Liberti said about Tulip Avenue. ". . . For the safety of residents, we believe it's a great benefit to have a crosswalk."
After more than 13 years of fighting for the crosswalk, Schneider said he won't stop until it's completed.
"We cannot give up on our local representatives," Schneider said. "It's just a slow process that's frustrating when they say it's going to be built 'soon,' 'maybe,' 'next year.' You begin to lose some faith and hope."