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Crosswalk To Be Installed In Front of Dolphin Apartments

Residents of the apartment complex echoed the need for a crosswalk.

There will be stop signs put into the southbound and northbound corners of Main Street/North Plandome Road where they intersect with Fifth Avenue iin front of the Dolphin apartments.

A handful of residents of the complex explained during Wednesday night's Town of North Hempstead meeting that it is difficult for the elderly, disabled and children to cross this intersection. They also noted that many people seem to speed through this area. A police officer and resident of the Dolphin said he estimated that people drive at speeds up to 70 miles per hour in the area.

In addition to the stop signs, there will also be measures taken to make better sight distance for people exiting the apartment complex's parking lot now that there will be stop signs.

BRIAN WATERSON February 23, 2012 at 09:27 AM
Maybe the town can improve the cross walk on main street at the train station next? Pedestrians feel that since they have the right of way, its ok to cross when ever they feel since there is a sign posted "yield to pedestrians". This cross walk NEEDS to be lit up! You can not see pedestrians at night wearing dark clothing crossing the street! Someone is going to get seriously hurt or killed. Its only a matter of time. I have witnessed many close calls with motorists coming in contact with pedestrians.Thats with cars traveling at a lower rate of speed at upper main street, can you imagine the horror at lower main street if cars are doing 70 mph?
R Miller February 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM
I disagree with the 70 Mph but people do go too fast though. As much as I hate all the unecessary stop signs this one is definitely needed.
Nassau Taxpayer February 23, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Faster than the speed limit, for sure, but if any "police officer" is seriously claiming cars moving at 70mph in that area, he or she should be placed on administrative leave pending a complete vision check. This town is already chock-a-block with completely unnecessary stop signs. Why not just enforce the speed limit? And ticket texting and non-hands-free cell phone use while driving? And "No U-Turn" violations? etc., etc. ENFORCE EXISTING LAW, already!
Nassau Taxpayer February 23, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Agreed, this crosswalk needs better lighting, and liability for stepping into traffic ought to go both ways.
R Miller February 23, 2012 at 03:40 PM
You are right on that I think alot of this could be put in check if we had a more vigorous enforcement. It is a win win makes the roads safer with raising revenue. You have to hit people in the pocketbook to make them safe at times. Goes back to 9 times out of 10 if we enforced what was on the books already there would be no need for these new laws.
Barb February 23, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Totally agree.. 70MPH is a total exaggeration. Also agree that another stop sign is not the answer. I see very few pedestrians on that section of Plandome Rd,- never mind elderly, disabled or children. Truth be told, it sounds like the stop sign is mainly for the Dolphin Green folks to have an easy exit and entrance.
hank ratner February 23, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I totally agree that an accident is "waiting to happen" is just what may occur without putting an overhead light at the RR crosswalk on Main Street. You CANNOT see people crossing!!!
jb meyer February 24, 2012 at 01:53 PM
What about the people who live in Bayview Colony. With the amount of traffic on Plandome Rd, we can't even get out of the colony, I frequently wait for 5 min trying to get out. Now you put a stop sign where there is not as much traffic, and everyone will be stopped in front of Pine st. and we will never get out. This needs to be addressed before any stop sign is put in.....
Nassau Taxpayer February 24, 2012 at 02:29 PM
@jb meyer -- it's very clear the Town does traffic engineering by Whack-A-Mole(R)

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