Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D – Glen Cove) joined her colleagues in government and local community leaders on Monday, Dec. 6 for a ceremony marking the official start of a $6 million project that will completely transform Manorhaven Boulevard.
The project, which began earlier this month, encompasses a comprehensive investment in traffic safety and beautification for the roadway fondly known as “Port Washington’s Second Main Street.” The project managers advised that the work would continue through the winter and spring, weather permitting.
“As a former resident of Port Washington, I have always loved Manorhaven and regarded it as a hidden jewel nestled in Nassau County’s North Shore,” Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) said. “I am truly optimistic that this multimillion-dollar investment will lead the way to greater prosperity and appreciation for this wonderful community.”
Key road/traffic safety elements of the project include: cleaning and/or replacing catch basins and storm drains, replacing curbs where needed, installing ADA-compliant handicap ramps at every corner where they are not currently located, and repaving the County-owned portion of Manorhaven Boulevard from Shore Road to Kirkwood Road. Additional crosswalks and stop signs will be added based upon traffic study findings.
The right-turn lanes into Manorhaven Park at Firwood and Graywood Roads will also be replaced with brick-stamped concrete benches and plantings to beautify the spaces and improve safety at those intersections by moving the stop signs closer to the edge of the road.
Further upgrades include: brick-designed stamped concrete between curbs and sidewalks in front of retail businesses and restaurants; the addition of nostalgic lampposts such as those installed on Main Street, and other touches like new benches, trash receptacles, plantings and more. New bus shelters will also be installed on the south side of the Boulevard at Cottonwood and Kirkwood Roads.
Despite the scope of the project, just six trees that have been deemed diseased or unsafe by arborists have been removed and will be replaced elsewhere.
“A project this large always takes a while to be realized,” Village of Manorhaven Mayor Jim Avena said. “We are all very excited that the work will soon be underway and cannot wait to see the Boulevard after it has been completed next spring!”
Please feel free to reach out to Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton’s office about this or any other topic at 516-571-6211 or [email protected].
Submitted by the office of Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton