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Town-State Meeting To Discuss Intersection

Changes being considered to troublesome 5-way intersection at Dix Hills Road and Jericho Turnpike.

A troublesome five-way intersection on Jericho Turnpike has the state Department of Transportation and town of Huntington meeting Wednesday to discuss an acceptable solution.

The state DOT made four recommendations to the town after doing a traffic study of the intersection, and is waiting to hear back from the town on how it wants to proceed, said DOT Region 10 spokeswoman Eileen Peters. The state has jurisdiction on traffic flow on Jericho Turnpike, while the other roads feeding the intersection – Dix Hills Road and Broadway/Greenlawn – are town roads.

Residents have complained about the intersection, said A.J. Carter, Huntington town spokesman, but the options the state has suggested after doing a traffic study aren’t being greeted with enthusiasm. “We hope to discuss other items and to come up with a solution that’s not as burdensome,” he said. “We hope to come up with a fifth option that’s mutually acceptable.”

Three of the state’s recommendations involve changes or restrictions to the flow of traffic on Dix Hills Road and the fourth involves adding another signal at Broadway that would delay traffic moving east/west along Jericho Turnpike, said Joan Cergol, town spokeswoman who forwarded the state’s recommendations.

The specific DOT recommendations are to:

  • Restrict southbound Dix Hills Road at Jericho to right turns only;
  • Convert all or a portion of Dix Hills Road north of Jericho to a one-way northbound operation;
  • Dead-end the northern leg of Dix Hills Road at Jericho Turnpike; or
  • Adjust the traffic signal to make it split phase at the joining of Broadway-Greenlawn Road, Dix Hills Road, and Jericho.

Carter said the state-town meeting Wednesday with transporation safety engineers and the town's transportation and traffic safety department is to see if it is possible to come up with a solution that isn’t onerous to the community. “We want to put our heads together with the state to kick ideas around and hope we get something that’s acceptable. It’s a problematic intersection,” Carter said.

Peters with the DOT said the intersection situation is similar to slicing a pizza pie. “The pizza stays the same size, no matter what,” she said. “Depending on how you slice it, someone’s going to get a larger slice and someone’s going to get a smaller slice, but the pizza stays the same size.” The challenge is to find the best way to make sure the traffic on all legs is safely regulated, she said.

The state, in compiling its study, looked at three years of accident information at the intersection, made on-site observations and analysis, did time-delay and traffic-movement studies to find out which direction cars traveled, and looked at the movement of traffic, Peters said.

Mike Field of Huntington Station February 09, 2011 at 03:13 AM
Its rather curious that there is a TD bank at this intersection. I wonder if this contributes to the traffic problems. It is also interesting that the pictures taken do not show the bank. Things that make you go Hmmmmmm.......
Patched Out February 09, 2011 at 05:53 AM
That corner is bad have been a victim over there. What they need to do is the town roads get there own green, individually. And yes Mike TD bank on the right there!
Pam Robinson (Editor) February 09, 2011 at 10:21 AM
Hi, Mike: some of the photos do indeed show the bank but the focus is on the Jericho Turnpike intersection and the five streams of traffic going into the intersection. The pictures are mostly taken from Dix Hills Road north; the bank building itself is set back enough to not show in some of these photos but its signs are visible in some.
Myrna Tils February 09, 2011 at 03:43 PM
I use that intersection frequently (most often making a left from the northern leg of Dix Hills Rd. heading south, or making the sharp left onto Dix Hills Rd. heading east on Jericho. Since the first three suggestions would most likely be unacceptable to the vast majority of people, it would seem that the fourth suggestion, split phase signaling, would make the most sense: each of the five roads having its own timed signal. However, the latter would no doubt lead to horrendous traffic backups on Jericho Turnpike. No easy solution here. Myrna Tils
ELLEN CLEARY February 09, 2011 at 09:23 PM
I travel back and forth to work every day traveling Dix Hills Road . It seems to me the problem is with Dix Hills Road South. Only too often someone in the left north-bound lane decides he must go up Broadway-Greenlawn Road or someone in the right north-bound lane doesn’t want to wait for turning left traffic and swings either up Dix Hills Road or a left onto Jericho Turnpike. I think a good amount of accidents would be prevented if the road was labeled better by overhead signs with a sharp and soft left turn arrow for the left lane and the same for the right lane. The dotted white line tracking the traffic in both directions (as on Route 110 by Costco) would also help. In my opinion a must for Dix Hills Road South is for both the TD Bank EXIT and the shopping center entrance/exit on Dix Hills Road to be eliminated. Their traffic flow just complicates this intersection. Cars not wanting to wait for the light cut from the bank through the shopping center lot and exit onto Jericho. Typically, it takes me three to four lights to clear this intersection between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday evening between traffic and the bank traffic exiting the drive-thru windows . The congestion problem is so many cars from this south corner with so many options within a few hundred feet. Why not make Dix Hills Road South of Jericho Tpke a one-way south? People would then travel to Park Avenue or Pidgeon Hill Road and make a simple left or right turn.

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