Study Results To Be Released Two Years After Fatal Crash

By Andrew Wroblewski

awroblewski@longislandergroup.com

 

A two-car crash closes Woodbury Road in both directions from Hawxhurst Road to Donovan Drive on July 28, 2014. The results of a safety study on the stretch will be announced on June 15.

A two-car crash closes Woodbury Road in both directions from Hawxhurst Road to Donovan Drive on July 28, 2014. The results of a safety study on the stretch will be announced on June 15.

The results of the Woodbury Road safety study will be announced June 15, nearly two years after a 21-year-old Melville man died there in a two-vehicle crash. 

Huntington Councilwoman Susan Berland will host the meeting, which is open to the public and scheduled for 7 p.m. at Huntington Town Hall. 

A push for a safety study was initiated upon the request of residents on the 2.5-mile stretch of Woodbury Road that runs from Huntington village south to West Pulaski Road.

The death of Melville’s Andrew Garafalo on June 25, 2013 was the first of two fatalities in the last two years; a Cold Spring Harbor man was also killed on May 20, 2014 after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into several trees on the side of the road. There have also been several non-fatal crashes on the road in the past few years.

“The Woodbury Road traffic study, which the town commissioned in response to residents’ requests, recommends a number of reasonable, implementable traffic calming measures,” Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said in a press release. “We look forward to sharing those recommendations with the community as well as the findings that formed the basis for them.” 

The study was first announced on August 19, 2014 when town officials commissioned the firm Gibbons Esposito & Boyce Engineers to initiate the study using funds from the traffic safety and comptroller budgets.

Berland, who originally sponsored the resolution ordering the study with Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, said the results of the study present viable options, but will also consider the community’s input.

“The data that was collected and analysis that was conducted will help to improve road design that will prevent excessive speeding and increase traffic and pedestrian safety,” Berland said in the release.