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Great Neck Plaza project enhances pedestrian, bicycle experience

Rendering Concept 1 of the U.S. Post Office

Rendering Concept 1 of the U.S. Post Office area where there is the proposal for the transportation enhancement program on the Shoreward Drive and Welwyn Road for the pedestrian and bicyclist enhancements in The Incorporated Village of Great Neck Plaza. Photo Credit: Lockwood, Kessler & Bartlett P.C.

Pedestrians and bicyclists may soon be able to traverse Great Neck Plaza’s Shoreward Drive and Welwyn Road as part of a $1 million transportation project in the works.

At a recent board meeting, outside consultants presented two preliminary engineering plans for the transportation enhancement project, both of which call for road improvements and increased pedestrian and bicycle features.

Mayor Jean Celender said both plans offered “really wonderful opportunities” to construct a 600-square-foot public plaza with benches, planted trees and landscaping where residents can sit and relax.

Proposed enhancements also include repairing the two roadways, installing brick walkways and ornamental LED street lighting and other streetscape amenities. The project would create attractive street corridors, which would in turn revitalize the area, Celender added.

The first concept plan, designated as the engineers’ preferred plan, calls for shared bicycle lane markings, a raised median, a dedicated truck loading zone and an improved mid-block raised crosswalk. It includes a circular intersection between Welwyn Road and Shoreward Drive as well as five additional parking stalls.

The second concept plan includes the same elements but focuses on boosting the proposed public plaza area west of the post office in lieu of additional parking.

An $838,000 state grant will partially cover the project. The village will contribute $209,500, which brings the total cost to $1,047,500.

Celender said a design will be selected by the spring and finalized around the end of the year. According to the consultant’s presentation, construction could begin as early as April 2017.

The village is accepting comments on both design plans until Feb. 17.

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