Route 347 Update: Pedestrian-Bike Lane Begins Taking Shape

Area Residents will see the starts of a pedestrian-bike lane paved on the south side of Route 347/Nesconset Highway along Hauppauge and Smithtown.


Motorists driving eastbound on Route 347 in the Smithtown-Hauppauge area may notice there's an additional lane on the road. 

After expanding Route 347/Nesconset Highway into three vehicular travel lanes in each direction, New York State Department of Transportation has started installing a separate bike-and-pedestrian lane on the roadway's south side. 

The bike-and-pedestrian lane is part of the Route 347 greenway initiative designed to promote more eco-friendly modes of transportation such as walking or biking. It is separated from the main roadway by roughly three-feet paved median. No guardrail or wall has been installed to provide physical barrier between the pedestrians and traffic. 

Dotting the bike-and-pedestrian lane, residents can see new bus shelters designed to be used by those riding Suffolk County lines. The shelters have been equipped with solar panels and solar-powered lighting, designed to cut electricity and maintenance costs. 

The current bike-and-pedestrian lane will start west of the Hauppauge Shopping Center and allows travel as far east as the Hauppauge Palace Diner. When construction is complete on all 15-miles of Route 347, in hopes of allowing residents to travel safely as far as Port Jefferson. 

The construction is associated with the Route 347 greenway project. The New York State Department of Transportation began work on the road more than a year ago to transform the North Shore artery into the Long Island's first greenway, a roadway conceived with pedestrians and the environment in mind. The area outside the diner is only part of phase one. When that segment is finished, the workers will move down the road.

Tell us, do you anticipate using the shared-use, pedestrian-bike lane along Route 347 in the future? 

Nesconset Dude August 22, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Hah, what a great idea. Let the complaining begin......
Jonathan Vecchi August 22, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I'll start. What I do notice is the bottle-neck traffic across from the High School. Doubles the time to take to get home. I notice the workers on their cell phones more than the work getting done.
Nesconset Dude August 22, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Agreed, but the work WILL be completed at some point. Let's just put it this way, I don't know how far you have to travel down 347, but this project is going to proceed down to Port Jeff. Perhaps a way to by-pass the work area?
swataz August 22, 2012 at 04:23 PM
My area (btwn 111 and Terry) is next in line I believe. So much fun having what should be four years of construction to reconfigure three or four miles of roadway... I really can't speculate on whether they could be moving quicker but we had a very mild winter last year and the possibility to work through it was there...just sayin'.
Michael K August 22, 2012 at 08:31 PM
At the progress rate they are going it will be 15 years before it gets to Port Jeff. Those of us that travel from Smithtown to Port Jeff and back, have a lot to look forward to. Typical DOT Project.. I would like to know who is going to take care of the plantings and cleanup. The State can;t even keep up with the weeds along the State roads.
Nesconset Dude August 22, 2012 at 09:14 PM
They say 10 years, so you're probably right.
jeremiah bullfrog August 23, 2012 at 02:33 AM
all this work on 347 makes the place look like queens, and whats upwith the lettering on the retaining wall @ Brooksite DR? Why the hell do we need those eyesore green 3ton pillars to hold 3 1lb signs on a steel wire across the roadway?. Some things may look better, but I'd never ride a bike there! Dont even get me started on how long it takes to get from 111 & vets wy, to 111 & 347 during business hours
Argile August 23, 2012 at 07:48 AM
I'm going to be honest, if they build a bike lane from 25 to Old Nichols Rd. I'll be using it. 7 miles to work on a bike is no big deal.
Adeel August 23, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Who is going to use this sidewalk? The entire area is only accessible by car. Are we to believe that someone shopping at Shop Rite will drive there, park their car and walk to Hauppauge Diner (which they can do right now through the parking lot) because they feel like it? This only makes sense if you had homes close enough to the sidewalk to take advantage of it.
anthony August 23, 2012 at 04:02 PM
This whole project has been a colossal waste of money. What has been needed from day one is a true by pass; no light, overpasses so traffic can flow straight thru without all the interruptions. Who is going to maintain those planters in the middle? Northern state has them and they grow wild. As a biker these lanes are interrupted by lights so what is the point of constantly stopping? There is no common sense left in government!
Nesconset Dude August 23, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Those new center medians, even if they were growing weeds, are still more attractive than the twisted metal dividers. Do you know what the area would look like if there was an overpass at every intersection? Anyone wanna buy a house up against a parkway? If folks are so unhappy about traffic and congestion, start getting vocal about the overdevelopment of Long Island. How much more can you expand our roadways before the entire island is one big pile of asphault and concrete? Is that what we all want from L.I.? I know, the folks from the city think the east end should be bulldozed and built up. Too many of those damn trees.
Adeel August 23, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I didn't realize until I read this article that this was part of a larger scheme to extend the path out to Port Jeff. If this is indeed what happens then this would be a great long term benefit for the community as plenty of people live along 347. However is funding committed for this project taking it all the way out to 112?
Nesconset Dude August 23, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Rose August 24, 2012 at 02:54 AM
I understand they will be making the traffic lanes a bit narrower but to me there does not seem to be enough room for three travel lanes just east of 454.
Linda August 24, 2012 at 04:17 AM
I agree with Rose -- there is not enough room for 3 lanes --- I travel that every day === I see the bike lane, then 2 travel lanes, then 2 lanes to turn on to Brooksite Drive. Also how many more lights are they adding??? They've already added 2 red lights and now it looks like plans to add to more. With all this work they're doing, it doesn't seem like travel is going to be improved.
James Olson August 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I'm very pleased with the project. Such projects are very annoying while underway but once completed they do raise the actual and potential quality of life for everyone. I've worried 347 will come to look like Hempstead Turnpike but the design of this project may prove to be much better. Now if development along 347 could be *smart* and gradual maybe we all could be pleased about the road improvement. The pace of progress on this one does seem a bit slow. Maybe this common perception should be the subject of a follow-up article.
swataz September 10, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I think communication on this project has been abysmal. Outside of the scant reports on Patch, I haven't heard boo about it. The NYS website is useless. Considering how many people and businesses are affected by this project, there has been little to no information being disseminated to residents. Oh, and finish up already. Things seem to have slowed to a crawl.
Sandie b September 30, 2012 at 05:39 AM
It's ridiculous they just want to get paid$$ the construction workers don't even work. & cops sometimes just stand there with no construction in sight! If they were making progress then it'd be okay. It's a huge mess and I'd appreciate it if we could get the job done already people have work to attend at 9:30/10am and don't have time to wait around in 30minutes + in traffic.
Sandie b September 30, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Can anyone give me an alternate route from Hicksville to the smith haven mall? Thank you email fendi556@yahoo.com
Sandie b September 30, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Can anyone give me an alternate route from Hicksville to the smith haven mall? Thank you email fendi556@yahoo.com
James Olson October 04, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Without a sidewalk all it would take is one person walking or in a wheelchair along the shoulder of the road to get hurt....no, it's best to put it in now. It does no harm to be there.
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