Dear Governor Cuomo,
I am a resident of Nassau County’s South Shore
and I support the work of Nassau Legislator Francis X. Becker, Jr. and
share the concerns of the local Fire Chiefs and EMS workers, and other
local elected officials, all of whom are seeking to improve the conditions
of the Nassau Expressway so it can serve as a proper evacuation route
for the South Shore of Long Island.
I urge you to reconsider your recently announced plan to spend only $6 million to repave a small, existing, portion of State Route 878, known as the Nassau Expressway and, instead, to arrange for the immediate construction of the entire length of this road as long planned. This is the only way to alleviate the continual intolerable and dangerous traffic congestion and delays on Rockaway Turnpike. More importantly, Rockaway Boulevard now serves as the major coastal evacuation route for hundreds of thousands of people. Clearly, it could never bear the traffic burden if a full evacuation is called.
The traffic patterns on Rockaway Boulevard and the full construction of the Nassau Expressway have been studied for decades. The only plausible resolution for the constantly increasing congestion is to complete the Nassau Expressway, connecting the northern section in Queens, near the Van Wyck Expressway and Belt Parkway, to the southern portion running from the Atlantic Beach Bridge to Rockaway Boulevard. This addition should, at a bare and immediate minimum, completely bypass Rockaway Boulevard from Burnside Avenue to at least Brookville Boulevard.
As a concerned resident and potential evacuee, I ask you to fund and implement the full construction of the Nassau Expressway immediately, so that it is ready before we face the next evacuation. This measure has been championed by Nassau Legislators Francis X. Becker, Jr., Denise Ford and Howard Kopel, and with the full support of State Senator Dean Skelos. Please add my name to the list!