Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00
While the new parking garage has certainly made it easier to park at the Hicksville LIRR train station, it has presented a potentially dangerous situation that must see resolution before unnecessary harm is done.
Adjacent to the parking garage is Duffy Avenue, a busy 30 miles per hour two-lane road that intersects with Newbridge Road. In the morning, the road backs up with cars making a left turn into the oft-congested side entrance of the garage.
Across from the garage is a passageway that leads to Hicksville Train Station platforms. While it is not the main path that leads to the Hicksville train station, it is a popular route for commuters. It should come to no surprise that many individuals who park in the garage cross the busy road to get to this passageway (next to NY Sports Club).
Why is this dangerous? There is no crosswalk. Not one. There is not even an advisory for drivers to watch for pedestrians. Cross the street if you dare!
This heightens in danger when you add in the element of rush hour traffic, when several individuals make their way across the street. The left turning lane leading into the garage becomes backed up with cars, so after crossing the first lane, commuters must squeeze their way in between rushing cars, and then blindly walk into the second lane before making it to the sidewalk. It is an early-morning game of Frogger. Just the other day, I witnessed an individual almost get stuck by a car; this close call prompted my message.
The danger is enhanced at night. In throngs, commuters make their way down the passageway and onto Duffy Avenue. It is dark, sometimes slippery, and traffic proceeds. What if a car did not see an individual crossing the street to get to the parking garage? There is neither a sign nor a crosswalk to notate that the driver should take caution.
The solution does not seem particularly difficult. Not only would a crosswalk be advisable from the passageway to the sidewalk next to the parking garage, but also there are guards stationed at the opening of the side entrance of the garage. They are positioned inside a security building. Could they not control traffic on the road during set rush hours to avoid potential tragedies?
This is a clear safety issue, and action should be taken to avoid an inevitable accident. It would be a true shame if we must wait until someone is seriously injured before something is done.
Matthew Coleman, Jericho Resident