200 miles of crumbling county roads before the end of 2019
In mid-November, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran joined Nassau County Department of Public Works’ leadership along with county contractors to mark the 200th lane mile of resurfaced county roadway in 2019. With this milestone, DPW completed the goal set by Curran to resurface the most lane miles in one year than ever before. Utilizing $65 million dollars from the county’s 2019 capital budget, this initiative tripled the number of lane miles repaved in 2017 and more than doubled the amount in 2018. The roadway improvement work of 2019 encompasses all corners of the county, including Woodbury Road, Round Swamp Road, Cold Spring Road, Middle Neck Road, in the north; Lido Boulevard, Long Beach Road, Atlantic Avenue, Lawson Boulevard in the south; and parts of Old Country Road, Stewart Avenue, Willis Avenue in the center, to name a few.
“I want to thank our Department of Public Works for their tremendous effort and achievement—making ground-breaking progress to restore neglected county roads,” Curran said. “In 2020, we are not taking our foot off the gas. Our goal is to repave another 200 lane miles to make up for lost time and get our roads back in top notch condition. Maintaining safe roads is critical to our economy, the safety of our residents and is a basic function of government.”
“I could not be prouder of the DPW team,” DPW Commissioner Ken Arnold said. “Completing a program like this takes focus and planning by all within the department. From design, contract procurement, utility coordination to construction, the effort was outstanding.”
In 2020, the county will engage in a similarly aggressive roadway improvement campaign with the goal of repaving another 200 lane miles, in addition to 66 lane miles of “Where and When” pavement repairs. There is a spot improvements program to address county roadways until a full roadway resurfacing can be undertaken. The 2020 roadway resurfacing program will utilize $70.5 million dollars from the county’s recently submitted capital budget.
This effort will once again reach all corners of the county. Examples of upcoming resurfacing locations in 2020 include: Grace Avenue, Searingtown Road, Franklin Avenue in Hempstead, Dutch Broadway, Cove Road, Old Country Road in Plainview/Old Bethpage, Glen Cove Avenue, Lakeville Road and Community Drive, Rockaway Turnpike and Meadow Lane in Lawrence.
The website www.nassaucountyny.gov/roadwork launched earlier this year, allows the public to see what county roads were resurfaced in 2018 and 2019 (thus far) and which roads will be paved by year-end and during the 2020 construction season.
Additionally, the county introduced the website www.nassaucountyny.gov/myroads which features a map that identifies which municipality has ownership and thus maintenance responsibilities of every single segment of roadway in Nassau County.
Potholes on county roads should be reported to the Nassau County Department of Public Works, Highway Maintenance Unit at 516-571-6900
—Submitted by the office of Laura Curran