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Proposed Plans for Smithtown Boulevard Available Online

Suffolk Legis. John Kennedy Jr. posts proposed changes online for residents to review and submit comments on.

Nesconset residents can log on and review proposed changed for Smithtown Boulevard, then share their comments with elected officials from the comfort of home.

Suffolk County Legis. John Kennedy Jr., R-Nesconset, has posted the in an interactive format on his District 12 website. The website allows Nesconset residents to see maps of the safety improvements being considered for the Gilbert Ave/Sheppard Lane and Mayfair Road intersections. 

The Smithtown Boulevard safety improvement study information and comment option now available on my website is part of my ongoing effort to directly involve more residents in the government decision-making that impacts the safety of their neighborhoods,” Kennedy said in a written statement. 

With a single click, residents can download the six-page executive summary of the traffic study conducted by Melville-based RBA Group on Smithtown Boulevard for three years, between January 2007 to December 2009. 

The plans, unveiled to the public at the Nesconset branch of the Smithtown Special Library District on Feb. 16, proposed three different plans for improving safety on Smithtown Boulevard. 

The first alternative is to install a raised, 4-foot wide median west of Gilbert Avenue and east of Gilbert Avenue to prohibit left turns out of the 7-Eleven. While a second alternative would create two-way left turn lanes on Smithtown Boulevard to enter Gilbert Avenue, and installing a 8-foot wide raised median west of Gilbert Avenue. 

The third option significantly less welecomed by residents was aimed at slowing down traffic and increasing safety on Smithtown Boulevard is to install a roundabout, or traffic circle, at the Terry Road intersection.

Residents can download a the conceptual design alternatives drawn out on colorful maps on the legislator's website as well. 

Those with concerns or feedbacks on the proposed plans can find a link alongside the maps to email Kennedy. There is no deadline for submitting feedback at this time.

ScottRAB March 12, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Visit www.iihs.org for FAQs and safety facts. Traffic circles and modern roundabouts are not the same thing. If you want to see the difference between a traffic circle, a rotary (UK roundabout) and a modern roundabout, search www.k-state.edu to see pictures. www.fhwa.dot.gov has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://tinyurl.com/3hjrqus ).
parent March 13, 2012 at 05:22 AM
I am in favor of the roundabout if the trees are cut back to make sure there is adequate visibility! Also consider making Annetta Ave and Friendly Road no through traffic between 8 -10:00 am and 4-7pm from Terry Road/Smithtown Blvd north to Rhoda Ave. Years ago Rhoda and Helen Ave. limited their through traffic from Rte 347 because of cut through, high speed traffic. Now that has just shifted to Friendly Rd.The major back up at Terry and 347, that occur here daily from 8-10 am and 4-7pm and the cut through to Southern Blvd to access Rte 347, are causing unsafe condittions on this road. We also need to have no parking after 6 pm on Friendly Road because since Blacksmith's opened, their patrons have been parking half way up the street from Thursdays -Sundays. This is a residential street and everyone is ignoring the parking and increased speeding traffic here for years. Not to mention the deplorable condtion of the rear parking lot of the Blacksmith strip. Although there have been vast improvments to the building why do the residents of Friendly Road have to put up with the trash, noise, increased parking and litter here. Put up a fence and evergreen buffer. This blight brings the value of our homes down and in this real estate market this is more than unfair. This little stretch of Nesconset/Smithtown seems to be ignored even as there are noticable improvements to the shopping centers east to Old Nicolls Road and North of Rt.347. This area always seems to be left to blight.

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