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Bad Curve, Good Curve

Manhasset residents are looking forward to safer, smoother travel through the dreaded triangle formed by North Plandome Road, Plandome Road and Stonytown Road. The intersection will be re-engineered this summer to install a traffic light, extend the pedestrian walkway on Stonytown Road and reconfigure the roadway.

The intersection was originally a country road for travel to and from Port Washington. Active development of the area in more recent years has not only increased traffic volume, but also changed the flow. Originally, the intersection was designed for right-of-way to vehicles traveling westbound on Stonytown Road to Port Washington, or eastbound on Plandome Road toward the town of Manhasset.  Now, however, the predominant traffic flow is north-south on Plandome Road and North Plandome Road. Large vehicles have no alternative route due to the height restriction of the Long Island Railroad overpass on Stonytown Road.

The intersection was the subject of a study done by Nelson & Pope, over the course of nearly four years, for the Village of Plandome Manor. One key finding: the area had significantly higher number of accidents compared to similar intersections in New York State. The study also found that the traffic flowing through the triangle is more significant from Port Washington in the mornings and from Manhasset in the afternoons.

The approved plan requires installing a traffic light to improve the flow of traffic coming from Plandome Road and North Plandome Road.  The current island will be replaced by a new island with low plantings, and a new walkway will be installed to improve pedestrian safety.  A traffic sensor will be installed to regulate the flow of traffic onto Stonytown Road.

Funding for this project has been obtained through the joint efforts of Plandome Manor Mayor Barbara Donno, Plandome Manor’s board of trustees, New York State Senator Jack Martins, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello and the Nassau County Executive. The project is expected to cost $200,000 and will be completed by Nassau County contractors some time this summer.

Delays are expected during construction, but the roads will not be closed to traffic. According to a letter from the County Executive’s office, county and village offices will update all residents as the construction schedule is formalized.  It is suggested that residents sign up for emergency and non-emergency notification with the Port Washington-Manhasset Office of Emergency Management at www.northshorealert.org. As of publication, Plandome Manor Village Hall had not received word of who has been awarded the contract for this project or the start date of construction.