For many years, residents who traveled, especially during peak hours uptown on Lower Main Street, consistently encountered a traffic jam as they approached the intersection of Main Street and Shore Road. A couple of years ago, the Town of North Hempstead came up with a plan that it explained would remedy the situation.
For approximately $1 million, the Town purchased the property between Covert Lane and Jackson Street, near , with the plan to eliminate certain parking spots on Main Street, and replace them with a parking lot built on this property. The reasoning was that this effort would provide space for a dedicated turn lane from Main Street onto Shore Road, as well as a thru-lane. This way traffic would not come to a standstill when drivers waited to make the turn.
In what seemed to take forever, the property was slowly demolished (emphasis on slowly) and then even more slowly the ground was graded and a meter parking lot was completed. However, although it has been many months since the parking lot was opened, the parking spots were never eliminated. Thus, traffic is as bad as ever, the Town spent upwards of $1 million, the public has not received any recent updates, and we simply have an under-utilized parking lot.
Isn't it about time that we find out what's going on, and why the traffic situation has not yet been addressed, since that was the reason given for this venture in the first place? Don't we deserve both an explanation, as well as a timetable?