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UPDATE: Potholes on Beacon Hill? Cars Swerve to Avoid 'Completed' Repairs

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County officials proclaim pothole work to be 'completed' on Beacon Hill Road near Hillcrest/Summit Road in Port Washington, but the road is hardly smooth, Aug, 23, 2013. (Credit: Rich Jacques)
County officials proclaim pothole work to be 'completed' on Beacon Hill Road near Hillcrest/Summit Road in Port Washington, but the road is hardly smooth, Aug, 23, 2013. (Credit: Rich Jacques)




A Patch reader asked earlier this month in the Boards section: "When is the Town planning to fix the craters on Beacon Hill Road going southwest of Hillcrest/Summit? They have been reported and not touched, only getting worse, for months."


Here's what we found out so far:

According to Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio on Aug 5., the section of road in question is not under the Town of North Hempstead's jurisdiction in terms of repairs.

"Beacon Hill Road and the right of way is maintained by the county, not the Town of Port Washington," confirmed  a spokesman for DeGiorgio.

Patch then looked to Nassau Legislator Judi Bosworth regarding the county's repair plans for the bumpy stretch of Port Washington road. 

Aug. 6 update:

Patch made an inquiry to Nassau County Legis. Judi Bosworth, D-Great Neck, regarding the pothole situation on Beacon Hill Road.

Legis. Bosworth immediately referred the question to Legis. Wayne Wink for further assistance. Wink is the county representative for the 11th District which includes Port Washington.

Kathleen Visconti, a legislative assistant for Wink, told Patch the potholes have never been reported to the county for repairs. A request was made by Wink's office Tuesday to get the work completed on Beacon Hill Road.

"Immediately after reading the article I forwarded the picture and the request to have the potholes fixed to the Nassau County Department of Public Works," said Viscotti. "I spoke directly with the acting Superintendent of Highways, Mike Fasano, and he assured me that the potholes will be filled."

No time frame was given as to when the work would be completed.

Aug. 22 update:

The potholes remain seemingly untouched on Beacon Hill Road — despite an apparent request by Nassau Legislator Wayne Wink's office for the work to completed. 

Acting Nassau Superintendent of Highways, Mike Fasano, made an assurance that the potholes will be filled, according to a Wink staff member.

Wink's staff did not return a previous request by Patch regarding a specific date as to when the work would be completed.

We'll ask for a status update from Wink on Friday. 

Aug. 23 update

Kathleen Visconti, a legislative assistant for Nassau Legis. Wayne Wink, confirmed to Patch that the work to fill the potholes had been completed by the county highway department on Beacon Hill Road and that she notified Patch through an email earlier in the month of the situation.

When pressed by Patch Friday regarding specifics, Visconti said Legis. Wink is not satisfied with the work that was completed on or about Aug. 8 by the highway department and is looking into the possibility of further repairs.

Visconti said Mike Fasano, the acting Nassau highway superintendent deemed the road to be safe and the work complete.

"As you can see by the emails below (which I forwarded to you on Aug. 8th that the work was completed," said Visconti in an email Aug. 23. "I already reached out to the Acting Superintendent Mike Fasano, and will revert as soon as I hear back from them."

What Patch found when we visited the stretch of Port Washington road on Friday was that a majority of the cars traveling on the road were crossing on or over the center line to avoid the bumpy patchwork situation to apparently save some wear and tear on the automobiles — some drivers were actually veering into on coming traffic.

A makeshift attempt was made by the county to fill some of the holes, although many still remain on the less than smooth road.

Check back with Patch for more updates on the bumpy situation on Beacon Hill Road.

Tell us: Do you have a question you'd like answered? Let us know in the Boards section.
DW August 26, 2013 at 08:22 AM
I, too, navigate around the potholes, and yes, it's precisely to save wear-and-tear on my car (which took entirely too much abuse from potholes when I lived in the city). The work that was done only constitutes a "repair" in the very technical sense that someone went out there and did something that didn't count as tearing things up. Something more should be done. A few years ago I saw a technique that was used in Huntington that might be useful (although I don't know if Huntington still uses it): they used a machine pulled by a truck that heated surface of the tarmac to the point where it reflowed, filling in the cracks and leveling the low spots. With the amount of cratering more material probably has to be added in any event, but it seems to me something like that might be a good stop-gap until the funds and time can be allocated to do a proper repair on that bit of road.
Deborah B. August 27, 2013 at 02:15 PM
This so-called "repair" job is disgraceful and appalling. The powers that be could have saved we taxpayers a lot of money by simply paying preschoolers to throw dirt and sand into the potholes (obviously after closing off traffic to avoid any casualties to the kiddies).
Tony Patrick September 05, 2013 at 10:03 AM
there are worse roads on long island. i drive there everyday and its fine for me. how about drive the speed limit, and then you will not hit them as hard. once the road is repaved, everyone will complain about people speeding on it. haha

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