'Residents' Beg TOBAY: Fix Treacherous LIRR Intersection [Poll]

Better traffic regulation near LIRR station is needed, according to Residents for a More Beautiful Syosset

representative formally asked Town of Oyster Bay officials at Tuesday's board meeting to continue improving . Calling the intersection just north of the a "free-for-all," Laura Schultz asked the town to ensure residents' safety by caring for the infrastructure.

"I'm asking you to speak with to arrange for the town to take over the northern part of Jackson Avenue," said Schultz to the board. "It's very dangerous, and it's unregulated."

It is because of the hazardous intersection of Jackson Avenue and Underhill Boulevard, extending north to Cold Spring Road, that Schultz asked the board not to forget about Syosset now that .

"North of the [Syosset LIRR] tracks is a free for all," said Schultz, whose personal experience of driving her child to the train for work allows her to witness the daily rush hour chaos.

"We're not abandoning ship," TOBAY Supervisor John Venditto told Schultz. "But you'll have to cut us some slack."

While the town was a supporter of the they reminded residents that they want to spend their funds wisely. While Venditto repeatedly praised the finished project, he warned that it may take some time to get the funds to repeat such an undertaking.

"We'll start by taking a look at it and getting in touch with the town," said Venditto, adding the town will do all they can, but maybe not right away.

How can the crossroads on the north side of the Syosset LIRR station be improved? What is the most important issue to tackle to improve safety in that zone? Is it as simple as a new paint job on the lanes or does it require an overhaul like southern Jackson Avenue?

Vote in the poll below and tell us in the comments!

Barbara Josepher May 03, 2012 at 03:10 PM
A fix is mandatory! But how can we decide on the scope of the work that is needed before thoroughly reviewing the situation?
Candide08 May 03, 2012 at 03:24 PM
You guys start digging and building - I'll go find out what needs to be done...
Brenda Wendelken May 03, 2012 at 04:14 PM
The biggest problem I've encountered is the case when the first and second cars in the southbound left lanes are waiting to make a left turn into the station parking lot, and the cars behind can't go around because of traffic in the right lane going to Underhill. It sometimes gets to the point where we wait through two traffic light changes before that first car can make his left. I don't know what can be done, as I don't see the room to make a left turn lane down there. Perhaps it's a simple as adding a left turn arrow to the traffic light.
Fish Hunter May 03, 2012 at 08:06 PM
south of tracks two lanes have to go!!! right only at Ira RD like it used to be!!
l hilden May 03, 2012 at 08:16 PM
call for a town meeting and think things out logically with the utmost safety in mind...remember that first and foremost a traffic light or two on underhill is a necessity...just look up the fatality list for that stretch of road and the current shrine for SHS student killed 2 years ago...........address thr RR crossing itself...despite warning sign about not stopping on tracks, cars continue to ignore it....have cameras installed to "shoot" vehicles (especially landscaping trucks) who regularly speed and ignore traffic lights........the bottom line is careful planning to avoid throwing away funds on a completely disfunctional project like the stoplight on woodbury rd which should have had a left turn only with an arrow !!!!!!!
Jack Curtis May 03, 2012 at 08:42 PM
We need to control the crazies...big SUVs ignoring the mandatory right onto under hill and bulling their way back into the lane over the tracks. The problem is the arrogant Syosset driver who practices no patience or courtesy. This intersection was improved, and has been this way for decades. It's more of a problem now because of the "it's all about me" attitude of many residents!
Bonnie Griffin May 04, 2012 at 12:27 PM
The taxis' speed in and out of the station. Walking through that area is dangerous too!
Randy Stricker May 04, 2012 at 01:38 PM
As much as I hate to admit it...you're right! It's not the road that needs to be fixed as much as the peoples attitudes! "It's all me, and who cares about you"! Not just Syosset though....it's the 21st century way.
Rhoda Weill May 05, 2012 at 04:23 AM
As long as the R.R tracks cross the street there will be big problems. The tracks need to be below the street level so the ambulances, fire trucks, and police, besides the genereal traffic can get through.
Gabe May 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Easiest and quickest fix is NO LEFT TURN into the train station and Dunkin Donuts from the Southbound lane. All it takes is 1 car not to move into the intersection to let the other dozens of cars keep the flow of traffic. When you have 1 car that's waiting to make a left just after the train leaves, the traffic is backed up down cold spring road to CVS, and down to 711 on Berry Hill, and down Muttontown and it brings the whole town to a standstill. Even better, cut into Astoria's sidewalk, there's plenty of room to add another lane or 2, and keep the sidewalk. Nobody every parks in those spots along the street anyways, we need to keep traffic flowing through town, so add another lane for southbound traffic, convert the existing lane into straight/combo left turn lane, and add an additional parking lane since parking is always an issue for those stores. Another idea, demolish that unnecessarily large Astoria bank and build another row of shops like across the street. Finally move the entire train station down to Underhill Blvd next to ice works.
Gabe May 07, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Some of the big SUV drivers are using their heads, and keeping traffic flowing, why hold up the line of dozens of cars heading northbound, causing jams everywhere else because one or two cars are making a left into the train station. Granted that turning lane was done for safety of pedestrians, but I rarely see any crossing their to begin with, and there is no need to have a dedicated right turn lane which could have been simply both a combo straight and right turn. They obviously did a traffic study for that intersection, but didn't bother going north and seeing the mess that this so called "improvement" caused at the other intersections and areas of town.
Fish Hunter May 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Hey Gabe, I get hung up EVERY morning for work because of some schmuck who has to get their coffee in the morning.
Fish Hunter May 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM
totally agree with you Jack, it is ridiculous, i also think the timing for that light is funky.
Ed Lewis May 18, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Bite the bullet already and elevate the tracks and while you're at it, take the killer gap out of the worst gapped station in the system- Syosset. Or you can wait for someone else to fall through wind up in a wheel chair or die. This town, the parking, the low quality merchants makes for mediocrity. Sad, like many, we avoid driving thru our own town.


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