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Old Village, New Roads

The Village of Great Neck is looking forward to continuing its 30-year road repaving and reconstruction project as the mayor and the board of trustees approved a bond to finance the coming year’s work. On March 19 the board authorized a bond in an amount not to exceed $1, 500,000.

Mayor Ralph Kreitzman told the Great Neck Record that he believes that the 30-year project is “well over half-way finished” and should be completed in less than the originally anticipated 30 years. The entire project consists of repaving or reconstructing the Old Village’s 24 miles of road. These 24 miles include only those roads actually owned by the village; the county owns a few roads within the village. 

This over-all 30-year road project also includes all of the village’s municipal parking lots.

Although the list is not yet final, the village anticipates work for the coming year on the following roads: Radnor Road (from Baker Hill Road to Piccadilly Road), Essex Road (from Baker Hill Road to Piccadilly Road), Colgate Road (from Baker Hill Road to Piccadilly Road), Hampshire Road (from Baker Hill Road to Piccadilly Road), Piccadilly Road (from Middle Neck Road to Hampshire Road), Cambridge Road (from Baker Hill Road to Oxford Boulevard), the Berkshire Road dead end), the Radnor Road dead end, the Essex Road dead end, Patsy Place (the half that was not recently paved) and the Carlin Place dead end.

The mayor noted that if the bids come in lower than expected, as they did last year, the village expects to add additional roads to this coming year’s list.

In addition, on March 19 the board of trustees also approved a bond not to exceed $500,000 to fund certain major equipment purchases such as a dump truck, a heavy duty pick-up truck with a plow and possibly other necessary equipment. This bond would also finance the cost of replacing many street lights with LED lights. Mayor Kreitzman explained that replacing a portion of the street lights with LED lights would “reduce repair and maintenance costs and are 60 percent more efficient … this would help with the electric bill.”

However, the mayor said that the village does not yet have a good estimate of these replacement costs.