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New study to examine traffic near Canon HQ

The new Canon U.S.A. headquarters building on Walt

The new Canon U.S.A. headquarters building on Walt Whitman Road at the intersection of the Long Island Expressway South Service Road in Melville. Credit: Steve Pfost, 2013

A new traffic study is about to get underway in Melville.

The Huntington Town Board authorized hiring Greenman-Pedersen Inc. to evaluate traffic conditions related to the opening of the Canon U.S.A. Americas headquarters on Walt Whitman Road in Melville.

“It will look at various components of what is going on in that area,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said. “It’ll update the old traffic study as well as look toward the future.”

At a recent town board meeting the board approved 5-0 a $59,980 contract with the Babylon-based consulting company. The study will be funded by Canon.

“The community knows how bad the traffic is, how much has been added, how the Walt Whitman Road Bridge needs to be widened,” said Alissa Sue Taff, president of the Civic Association of Sweet Hollow, which represents about 2,000 homes in the Huntington and Melville area. “I’m hoping this will convince the powers that be that they have to do something.”

Petrone agreed that something must be done with the bridge over the Long Island Expressway.

“We know the bridge issue needs to be addressed,” Petrone said. “We believe the traffic study is going to confirm that.”

In the months after Canon’s July opening,  residents have complained about the increased traffic and expressed concerns about some other commercial projects proposed for the area. Town officials decided to do another traffic study since the previous one was undertaken as part of the Canon approval process and was last updated in 2009.

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