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AARP Study: Traffic Circles a Must for Main Street Smithtown

Report suggests setting up traffic circles at five intersections along the dangerous road. Would you support that?

The latest idea for fixing Smithtown's dangerous Main Street is in, and it might make your head spin.

In a report commissioned by the Long Island AARP, the organization advocates installing five traffic circles along a one-mile stretch of Main Street, according to a report in Newsday.

The engineer who conducted the study called traffic circles the only way to effectively reduce speed of cars driving on Main Street.

The news comes one week after the Tri-State Transportation Campaign named Route 25 (also known as Jericho Turnpike, Middle County Road, or Main Street in Smithtown) as one the most dangerous roads in Suffolk County.

In when she was hit by a car on Main Street, a tragedy that sparked a call for action to fix the dangerous roadway. And nearly a year later, 33-year-old Seamus Byrne .

Road fixes are already scheduled to start on Main Street this spring, which include reducing westbound traffic to one lane and creating a median and turning lane between Elm Avenue and Route 111. Those recommendations came from an earlier AARP report.

Christopher D'Antonio March 13, 2012 at 04:16 AM
If the Long Island Railroad were to actually become a useful resource to Smithtown by reducing its travel time and run at hourly or 30 minute frequencies throughout the day in both directions it might also play a role in reducing rush hour traffic. Given the comparative ease of enacting this and the previous suggestions compared to full scale roadway reconstruction, they at least merit consideration.
Christopher D'Antonio March 13, 2012 at 04:18 AM
New Brunswick NJ recently implemented similar crosswalks, including two which have motion activated flashing lights and street and eye-level when pedestrians cross.
Christopher D'Antonio March 13, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Just as a clarification, existing road shoulders of 3 feet can qualify as bike lanes initially.
WOODY11780 March 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Main Street is not wide enough to support traffic circles......Sounds like an unrealistic idea.
john killilea May 19, 2012 at 09:29 PM
how many buildings would have to be demolished to accomplish traffic circles- with the new turn lane no one is getting trapped behind vehicles turning left- which reduces mergers- i think the traffic through town is iimproved

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