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Letter: Increased Enforcement On Onderdonk Avenue

Letter Sent to Third Precinct Captian Sean McCarthy, reprinted here at the request of the Manhasset Greater Council.

Councilwoman Anna Kaplan’s letter to you accurately highlights ongoing vehicular traffic safety concerns of our community on Onderdonk Ave in Manhasset. This roadway borders both the North Strathmore as well as the Manhasset Park civic associations that have long requested that stop signs and cross walks be placed along Onderdonk Ave (from Andrew Street to Northern Blvd) to better calm this known heavy North-South traffic corridor that zigs-zags to southbound Shelter Rock Rd. The Town Traffic Safety Office was requested to study this problem and support additional stop signs or develop alternatives. The Town Traffic Office study concluded placing additional stop signs where a traffic light ahead remains in sight of driver as being both ineffective as well as potentially creating a more dangerous situation for pedestrians (false belief that it is safe to cross at an intersection), and was unable to identify any other alternative engineered remedies and concluded that increased enforcement on this dangerous roadway must be advanced.

A second dangerous common vehicular practice exists. The southbound Onderdonk Ave roadway immediately north of Northern Blvd widens to 3 lanes... with two southbound lanes to accommodate the volume of traffic. During am and pm rush traffic hours, and due to long light timing designed to keep 25A traffic moving, the southbound Onderdonk Ave right lane traffic rapidly queues up often leaving ‘vacant space’ in the southbound left lane, which is essentially becomes ‘inaccessible’ to the traffic at point where the roadway narrows. Southbound drivers on Onderdonk are frequently viewed crossing the yellow centerline, entering the oncoming northbound traffic lane, in order to get to available southbound left lane queue space. Both factors converge at the junction where there is both a bank and library parking lot entrance/exit thus exacerbating an already dangerous condition.

I also understand the roadway conditions present a challenge for police to safely pull over a vehicle for infractions at this location, given the huge traffic volume during rush hours when these infractions occur. Since a better engineered roadway solution seems unachievable for this location, NCPD’s increased and ongoing enforcement on this roadway is greatly appreciated.

Richard Bentley