West Shore Road Closure
• Christine Loring
Mayor Rupp of Bayville said, “I know the closure of West Shore Road for repairs will impact the businesses, and residents of the community, and I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but it has to be done. The road is going to cave in. I am working through the county to put pressure on the utility companies to speed up the work that needs to be done, changing the temporary cables to underground cables. Community residents can also put pressure on the utilities to speed up the process. The detours are pretty much the same as shown on the map in the reconstruction plans.” The second phase of the reconstruction of West Shore Road will commence shortly.
The West Shore Road Detour for the South Phase portion of the road is detailed in the map above. The area to be repaired is 2,000 feet long. Construction will begin mid October from Cleft Rd. to the LIRR in Mill Neck. There will be a total roadway shutdown, until mid February 2015. West Shore Road will then have a weekday roadway shutdown from 9AM to 3 PM, with 2-way traffic during non-working hours, to install drainage and underground utilities from mid February 2015 until mid October 2015. Steel sheet seawall, bulkheads, roadway, walk area and railings will be installed. Underground utilities will withstand future storms, and the drainage will be better.
The South Phase North Annex section of construction will be to the south side of Bayville Bridge, starting October 2015 until mid December 2015. Temporarily, overhead wires will be relocated from the east side of the roadway to the west side of the roadway by PSEG., From mid December 2015, until mid February 2016, there will be a total roadway shutdown. A steel sheet seawall, roadway, walk area, and railing will be installed.
The first phase to reconstruct West Shore Road after Super Storm Sandy was awarded by Nassau County legislature to A.L.A.C. Contracting Corp. of West Babylon. The project cost $9.2 million for the first phase, and was completed ahead of schedule, between November 2012 and June 2013. On Monday September 8th, legislators awarded A.L.A.C. this new construction project, with a $9.5 million contract.
West Shore Road is an important storm evacuation route. After all the reconstruction, the road will be a clear thoroughfare. Within five minutes, at 10:30 AM last Thursday, the traffic yielded approximately 60 vehicles, including school buses, cars, small delivery trucks and landscaping vehicles. The closure will impact the community. Local businesses suffered with the last closure. The detours will be difficult, especially in the winter, but it was determined by county legislators that a winter closure would have less impact on residents. So, heads up, prepare now for the time the detour will take you to get from A to B. There was a community meeting on September 16th at the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville, and on September 18th at 7:30 PM, there will be a community meeting at the Italian-American Citizens Club in Oyster Bay about the project. The address is 48 Summit St. #1, Oyster Bay. The phone number is (516) 922-9744.
• Christine Loring
ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE PRICE OF LIBERTY, flashed in red on the digital banner in front of the Glen Cove firehouse. At Pratt Park adjacent to the firehouse, a 9/11 memoriam at 8:30 AM last Thursday brought a mournful group together to honor the dead of that horrifying morning on September 11, 2001.
The ceremony was very moving. It has been 13 years since the attack. There was quietness among the 60 people gathered. The First Responders and the police department’s Color Guard lined up with flags, unfurled and flowing. “The Pledge of Allegiance” led by Mayor Reginald Spinello, was followed with “The Star Spangled Banner,” sung by the Glen Cove Select Choral Section. Nine local residents: 4 from Glen Cove, 2 from Locust Valley, 2 from Old Brookville, and a firefighter from Glen Head, lost their lives on that tragic day.
We waited in a very long silence, for the Fire Department’s sounding of the first horn, reflecting on that catastrophic day, when much changed for the people of the United States. For approximately ten minutes the gathered group stood in silence for the 2998 victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center; American Airlines Flight 11; United Airlines Flight 175; American Airlines Flight 77 and the Pentagon; and United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA. Included in the nearly three thousand dead were 343 New York Cityfirefighters; 23 New York City Police Officers; 37 Port Authority Police Officers; 15 EMT’s and 3 Court Officers. Silent tears fell. The first horn sounded loudly at 8:46 AM, commemorating when the first plane had struck the North Tower.
Mayor Spinello then placed a wreath on the monument at the park. Millie Sullivan sang “God Bless America.” At 9:03 AM, the second horn sounded, commemorating when the second plane hit the South Tower. Among the people there to pay their respect were: former Mayor Ralph Suozzi, County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Mayor Bruce Kennedy, and Congressional Candidate Grant Lally. After the ceremony the horns sounded again at 9:59 AM, when the South Tower fell, and at 10:28 AM, when the North Tower fell.
People came together at the memoriam with different thoughts, attitudes and beliefs. The feeling of sadness at the loss, and the knowledge of the difficulty in dealing with terrorism, appeared universal. It was a sad, quiet service, except for the blasting of the arousing horns. We will always remember.