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Lower bid entered for Jericho Turnpike work

Downtown shopping district in New Hyde Park along

Downtown shopping district in New Hyde Park along Jericho Turnpike. New Hyde Park's main street is Jericho Turnpike. (Sept. 16, 2011) Credit: Amra Radoncic

A plan to slow traffic and beautify Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park has edged forward, with the village announcing a low bidder for construction work.

That bid needs state approval, officials said, but the village announced it came from J. Anthony Enterprises Inc., of Bohemia, at $1,469,734.50. Another bid, from New York Paving Inc., of Queens, was for $1,526,969.69.

Village officials have said the construction is for “traffic calming” and “streetscaping” initiatives. Among them: curb extensions, freshly brick-paved walkways, and flowers and plants.

A separate plan by the state Department of Transportation is “in coordination” with the village’s streetscape project, spokeswoman Eileen Peters said, and is expected to be completed by year’s end, barring significant weather disruptions.

The $21.6 million state plan calls for repaving 6.3 miles of Jericho Turnpike, from the Queens border to Glen Cove Road. Safety upgrades include new right- and left-turn lanes, pedestrian countdown signals and raised medians. In New Hyde Park Village, seven new median islands already have been installed between Hillside Boulevard and Millers Lane, to be adorned with planting beds. A new irrigation system is forthcoming.

Peters said the state DOT is following a normal review process to ensure the village’s contract award package meets federal requirements.

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