MINEOLA, NY— Nassau County Executive Laura Curran today announced a new study that will assess the conditions of all Nassau County roads to better plan and strategize resurfacing projects throughout the county. As the 2018 resurfacing season begins, Curran has mandated a new approach to infrastructure investment, maintenance and improvement.
“Our infrastructure is crumbling. With over 1,500 lane miles in Nassau we have a lot of work to do,” said County Executive Curran. “We will soon begin a full investigation of our roads, so we can prioritize future resurfacing projects and rebuild with the future in mind.”
Nassau County is initiating a Roadway Sustainability and Compliance Study, through New York Metropolitan Transportation Council’s United Planning Works Program (UPWP). The study will assess existing roadway conditions on County-owned roads so that the Department of Public Works (DPW) staff can prepare ongoing long-term plans to maintain these roadways consistent with federal and state guidelines for pavement assessment and roadway signage.
This planning effort will form the basis for future Transportation Improvement Plan requests by identifying priority roadways for resurfacing. A key deliverable from this study will be an electronic inventory and management system that will be developed by a consultant and provided to the County. The study, overseen by the DPW and paid for by UPWP, will provide a comprehensive look at the condition of each county-owned and maintained road and determine the specific strategies for each road.
“While we undergo this new initiative, we will continue with our 2018 road resurfacing program as scheduled and repave over 87 lane miles throughout the County, compared to just 70 lane miles in 2017,” stated Curran. “It is vital to Nassau County’s residents and businesses to maintain a top-quality road infrastructure.”
Additionally, in anticipation for the winter storm expected to hit Long Island this evening with anywhere between 6 and 12 inches, Nassau County DPW garages are beginning storm prep. All our DPW garages are in full call out getting the snow trucks ready which include mounting plows, testing and greasing spreaders, and fueling the trucks and payloaders. The DPW has 16,000 tons of road salt on hand, 1,200 tons of road sand on hand, 94 snow and salt trucks in service, 17 payloaders in service and 15 pick-up trucks in service.
Garages in full call out include: Hicksville, Bay Park, Cedar Creek, Hempstead, Glen Cove, and Manhasset.