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State to study traffic in Roslyn Estates

An image of the intersection of Northern Blvd.

An image of the intersection of Northern Blvd. and The Locusts in Roslyn, facing west. Credit: Google, 2012

The state transportation department is evaluating a request to install a left-turn signal and lane on Northern Boulevard near the border of the Village of Roslyn Estates, officials said.

State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Village Mayor Jeffrey B. Schwartzberg said they have urged state officials to study the lane and turn signal where Northern Boulevard westbound meets The Locusts, an entranceway into the village.

"It's challenging; there's no left-hand turn signal, and cars are turning down Northern Boulevard pretty quickly," Schwartzberg said. "It looks like an accident waiting to happen."

Nassau police statistics on incidences at the intersection were not immediately available.

Martins said the change is "something that's needed and clearly overdue."

Patricia Audinot, director of external relations for the transportation department, said officials have begun evaluating traffic patterns in the area.

Staff is looking at accident data for the past three years and will conduct field surveys on-site, observing traffic at different times during the day and watching pedestrian movements, Audinot said.

In a May letter to the agency, Schwartzberg wrote that the lack of a left-turn signal and lane puts motorists "into a highly compromised position and arguably, a very dangerous situation."

Audinot said that once the data are collected, state investigators will "analyze it, then they determine whether the request is warranted."

The study is expected to be finished by year's end, she said.

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