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Beautification Improvements Coming Soon to Downtown Oyster Bay



By Thomas Nothel

 

The Town of Oyster Bay will soon be making beautification upgrades in downtown Oyster Bay. These improvements will make it safer and more enjoyable to walk in the area.


Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Lou Imbroto announced the pedestrian and beautification improvements are coming soon to the downtown Oyster Bay business district. The $750,000 improvement project includes upgrades to a dozen crosswalks, which will be stamped concrete in a red brick pattern, along with new curb ramps.


“Over the past several years, my administration upgraded Fireman’s Field and implemented streetscape improvements in areas of the downtown, installing decorative lighting and brick paver strips along the curb line,” stated Supervisor Saladino. “Now, we are moving forward with more investments in decorative crosswalks at all intersections to replace the existing painted crosswalks.


“This project will help beautify our downtown and create a safe zone for pedestrians and bicyclists that motorists can both see and feel which should encourage lower speeds,” added Saladino.


The Upgrades will start at four crosswalks located at Audrey Avenue and Maxwell Avenue, the crosswalk at Shore Avenue and Audrey Avenue, two crosswalks at the west entrance to the Town Hall lot on Audrey Avenue, four crosswalks at Audrey Avenue and Spring Street, and at the crosswalk near the south entrance to the Town Hall lot on Audrey Avenue.


The project will provide improvement a consistent theme for the Oyster Bay downtown area infrastructure which will be easily identifiably to pedestrians and motorists. This project will create a safer environment for pedestrians which shall encourage walking within the downtown area, enhancing the economic opportunities for downtown businesses.


In upgrading and connecting the large parking facility at Fireman’s Field, visitors to the downtown area will be provided with a central starting point to enjoy shopping, get a bite to eat, and take in the beautiful view of Oyster Bay Harbor.


A grant of $500,000 from the New York State Department of Transportation and a grant of $250,000 from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York are being used to fund the project.

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