Manorhaven Boulevard overhaul moves forward with county vote

Manorhaven Boulevard overhaul moves forward with county vote
Project lead Gil Anderson, left, presents the plans for Manorhaven Boulevard, as Nassau County Public Works Commissioner Ken Arnold, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and Manorhaven Mayor Jim Avena look on at a 2019 meeting regarding the plans. (Photo by Rose Weldon)

A major overhaul of Port Washington’s Manorhaven Boulevard is one step closer to getting underway, Nassau County officials said.

The county Legislature’s Rules Committee voted unanimously on May 10 to move the project forward by approving a $3,590,062 resurfacing construction contract with J. Anthony Enterprises, Inc.

The county has committed $6 million to the project that will resurface the street from Shore Road to Kirkwood Road and add other improvements, including benches, lighting, bus shelters, trash receptacles, curbs, ramps, new pavement markings and new traffic signals.

The Village of Manorhaven’s municipal parking lot will also be resurfaced and receive drainage improvements. Officials said special care will be taken to preserve living trees and other foliage.

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A notice to proceed with the project is on track to be issued as early as this fall, county officials said.

“After years of working collaboratively and diligently with community stakeholders, I am delighted that we are quickly approaching the start of this long-awaited investment in Manorhaven’s future prosperity and beauty,” county Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Port Washington) said in a statement. “… We are all looking forward to getting this project done right so that its many benefits can be enjoyed by village residents and visitors for years to come.”

Part of the project’s funding comes from a US Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant that legislators voted unanimously to allocate toward the project on April 26.

That same day, the Legislature also authorized the county to pursue $1.1 million in bonding for the Manorhaven Boulevard work as part of its larger $49.2 million bond ordinance.

“Manorhaven is grateful to Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton and the County for sharing our vision for the Village and investing in this important project,” Village of Manorhaven Mayor Jim Avena said in a statement. “Between paving Manorhaven Boulevard, sidewalk and curb repairs, lamp posts, benches, and other improvements, Port Washington’s second main street will look spectacular!”

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