Earlier this month, Legislator Bill Gaylor joined Lynbrook Mayor Alan Beach, Rockville Centre Mayor Francis Murray, Deputy County Executive Brian Schneider, and Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Ken Arnold to announce the beginning of construction at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Merrick Road in Lynbrook, right on the Rockville Centre border.
This multi-million-dollar project has been in the works for years. The construction will include the redesigning and modernizing of the intersection, to improve conditions that currently result in congestion. Currently, traffic turning left onto Merrick Road from Ocean Avenue overflows into the southbound lanes, holding up traffic. Part of the improvements at this intersection will include a second left-turn lane to ease the congestion, as well as another southbound lane. The roadway will be widened, and the Villages of Lynbrook and Rockville Centre have each donated land to the County to allow for the widening.
On top of this, improvements will be made to curbs, sidewalks and pavement, as well as drainage, street lighting and traffic signals. The island in the center of Merrick Road will also be removed.
“After years of traffic studies, I am happy to announce that this work is finally getting done,” Legislator Bill Gaylor said. “For too long, this intersection has been a bane on drivers heading southbound. Now, the roadway will be able to handle the increase in traffic.”