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Retimed Lattingtown traffic lights ease congestion

In the 2010 census, the village of Lattingtown

In the 2010 census, the village of Lattingtown had a population of 1,739. (Sept. 8, 2012) Credit: Jessica Stallone

Two traffic lights along a Lattingtown road packed with vehicles rerouted by construction on Sandy-damaged West Shore Road in Mill Neck have been adjusted to eliminate bottlenecks.

Nassau County officials Monday said they improved the intersections of Bayville Road and Hernan Avenue and Bayville Road and Horse Hollow Road, where local officials had said vehicles were stacking up in wait because the green lights were too short.

Cars and trucks that once took West Shore Road -- a direct route between Oyster Bay hamlet and Bayville and Centre Island devastated by superstorm Sandy -- have been forced to take detours on winding wooded roads unused to high volumes of traffic.

But now, at Bayville and Hernan, the light on Bayville stays green longer before vehicles waiting on Hernan or Michael "F" Street receive a green, county spokesman Michael Martino said in an email.

And "time-delayed amplifiers" were installed to prevent the light on Bayville from turning red if no vehicle is turning from the side street -- as was previously a problem, he said.

At Bayville and Horse Hollow, the green light on Bayville and "passage time" between vehicles are longer, and Horse Hollow Avenue has become a straight-through approach to Bayville Road, Martino said.

Mayors Clarence F. Michalis, of Lattingtown, and Lawrence Schmidlapp, of Centre Island, in February requested that the county retime the signals but were denied.

Martino Monday wrote that Nassau has since "performed additional inspections and found that the intersection, while performing well, could benefit from some changes given the added use as a detour for the West Shore Rd. seawall reconstruction project."

The seawall work is more than half complete and the roadwork is to begin in May, county officials said. West Shore Road is to be fully open by Fourth of July weekend, they said.

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