Nassau Legislature Approves Grand Ave Traffic Calming

Vision was out at the Nassau Legislature this week testifying again in support of the bonding for Baldwin’s Grand Ave Complete Streets project.

The new road design proposed will make the area more walkable, reduce accidents and enhance local business while not significantly impacting trip time.  The plan will reduce the number of lanes on certain parts of the road from four lanes to two.  The reduction will come as part of a wider complete streets initiative that will include curb extensions and crosswalks at certain intersections.  Slowing traffic through the area will also allow for local businesses to become more visible and help improve visibility.

The road diet has drawn support from County Legislator Debra Mulé and County Executive Laura Curran.  The plan is also an effort to reduce speeding in the area and make it safer for pedestrians. Lane changes would begin around 400 feet north of Merrick Road and continue to about 480 feet south of Sunrise Highway.  North of Sunrise would see a lane reduction along the Avenue from Smith to Florence streets, though there would be a center-turn lane along the road.

The project will also work hand-in-hand with a mixed-use overlay zone district proposed by the Town.  This plan would allow for new developments with ground-floor retail and apartments on upper floors to be built without the need for a variance. 

Kudos to the longtime leadership of Legislators and now County Executive Laura Curran, current Legislator Debra Mulé the Baldwin Civic and local businesses for moving the project forward. Particular praise goes to Sean Sallie from Nassau Planning for his steadfast leadership on the planning and design end.