Jul 29, 2014

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.

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