The state Department of Transportation has plans to lower the speed limit for a section of Port Washington Boulevard, part of an effort to reduce traffic and speeding in Flower Hill.

The agency will lower the speed limit for a section of the road, from 45 mph to 40 mph, spokeswoman Eileen Peters said. The agency is also beginning plans to reconfigure the intersection of Port Washington Boulevard and Middle Neck Road, to add more "storage" to a left-turn lane.

"This is a positive step forward in addressing a significant safety and quality of life issue for Flower Hill residents," Mayor Elaine Phillips said in a news release.

Peters said the plan follows an investigation of safety concerns on the state road between Route 25A and Colonial Road. State officials studied three years of data about vehicle crashes, speeds and traffic-signal operations. Officials also considered on-site observations.

The agency found that a southbound left-turn lane on Port Washington Boulevard, or Route 101, lacks enough "storage," resulting in traffic backups, Peters said.

Officials said Phillips, state Sen. Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) and Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) alerted the DOT about the left-turn lane. Officials said it is not big enough to handle traffic.

"This causes recurring traffic jams that compromise safety and cause significant delays," village officials wrote in a news release.

Peters said the DOT will clear vegetation from existing, brighter signs and improve pedestrian and warning signs for school crossings throughout Port Washington Boulevard.

Officials in the community have begun debating traffic-calming measures on other roads. The Village of Flower Hill started a traffic safety task force last year, aimed at reducing speeding and traffic on Manhasset Woods Road.

Residents have called that road a busy cut-through for motorists.

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The neighboring Village of Munsey Park recently enacted a driver responsibility fee, requiring motorists to pay a $30 court fee for violations, even for some dismissed ones.