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Residents Divided Over Smithtown Main Street Changes

Some complain new road markings generate too much traffic on Main Street, others say they feel safe for the first time in years.

 

Smithtown area residents divided over whether the remarking of Smithtown's Main Street is helping or only further worsening local traffic and safety issues. 

A handful of residents attending Town of Smithtown's Town Board meeting Thursday night offered their first hand opinions on the to include left turning lanes heading eastbound, while reducing westbound traffic to one lane. 

"I'm almost a lifelong resident of Smithtown. After the changes on Main Street, for the first time in my entire life, I feel comfortable driving through town with the turning lanes," said Smithtown resident Sonya Lorraine. 

Lorraine said she's always been anxious when driving on Smithtown main street that she might be hit from behind while making a left-hand turn or someone from the oncoming traffic lanes would sideswipe her. 

However, other residents are grumbling about the impact the lane changes have had on local traffic. 

"What used to take me two minutes to get from one end of Main Street to the train trestle now takes me 10 minutes," said Fil Antonucci of Smithown. "Just yesterday, during my drive home, I saw two people driving through the turning lanes." 

Another woman said the merging of two eastbound lanes into one lane at the intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Route 111 is creating a lot of traffic problems, particularly accidents. 

Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said Mitchel Crowley, the director of Traffic safety, had sent several emails to the state makig suggestions for changes to the Route 111 intersection as the Jericho Turnpike and Route 111 intersection is maintained by the state. Unfortunately, the state has replied that they want to continue to monitor the intersection for now with no plans for immediate action, according to Vecchio. 

Patch readers have responded strongly following reports of the changes that are happening on Main Street. 

"I disagree with the main street change. Making westbound one lane while east bound is still two lanes makes no sense. Its like a half assed job of trying to make main street safer. There should be two lanes both west bound and east bound and more cross walks put in like every other town with hazard signs," said Patch commenter

While others remain strongly in support of the changes that have been made. 

"I drove through Smithtown today and it was better than it has every been. This change couldn't be better," wrote  

Ian Stovall May 20, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Ashland's the cut thru to the hospital, some of it used to funnel down Derby & Sheryl, our homeowners assc. asked for & got a couple of critical stop sign added.
new guy May 20, 2012 at 05:08 PM
ian, 5mph difference IS spiltting hairs. so you disaprove....you have any ideas to make main street safer and more efficent, plus it should be benificial to the shop owners. i look forward to your solution. thanks.
Ian May 20, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I have ideas, and am currently devising a plan to explore the ideas, but I will need community involvement and support... I am not a traffic specialist, so I will need to consult the experts, which I have no problem doing... Frankly I don't think it takes a traffic specialist to see that these changes are unfavorable and unpropitious
new guy May 20, 2012 at 06:18 PM
well Ian, its easy to crititize something after its in place. please post your solution, like you said it doesnt take a traffic specialist to figure this out.......this ought to be interesting.
STM May 21, 2012 at 01:48 AM
These changes can't be the answer, going through Main Street actually not that bad, getting there HORRIBLE!! Depending on timing road backs up too far towards St James or Terry Rd a mess, residential streets becomming cut thru. I love there's one of those electronic SCPD speed posters East of St Patricks church. The sign says speed limit 40mph, I have not seen the speed it catches drivers go above 14mph!!!!
scooter May 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM
All this did was move westbound congestion on Jericho Tpke to the area east of Route 111 and eastbound congestion to Edgewood Ave. Along with the re-painting on Jericho Tpke west of the bull we all have a few dumb teenagers and Chuck Schumer (who got involved in something he knows nothing about) to thank. Chuck, fix route 347 correctly so getting to Pt. Jeff is faster than cutting through Main St. and 25A.
Ian May 22, 2012 at 07:16 PM
You're right, Home Town- It IS easy to criticize after something is in its place. I, like many other residents trusted the DOT and other people in positions of Authority to NOT mess this up- but they did- (I remind you- YOU ARE IN THE MINORITY in supporting these changes). You call it criticism, I call it OPPOSITION. If anyone has been criticizing, it has been you- Your comments and responses haven't so much been to defend your position as a supporter of these changes, but have rather been to criticize ME for my position. Even insulting my intelligence with comments like "...this ought to be interesting" in anticipation of the changes I would implement. -- I don't play that game, and prefer to operate on a higher level than that, so I will just say this- I am committed to searching for a better solution, that will benefit our community more suitably- one that would even benefit you who drives 25 mph down Main Street- something I've probably only witnessed once in my 11 years of driving.
new guy May 22, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Oh Ian...get off your high horse. Why don't you go back and read my previous post. I was never disrespectful. I disagree with you do therefor I'm combative??? I am looking forward to your solution, it would be interesting to say the least. I guess your 11 years of driving...(makes you 27 years old?) makes you a traffic expert? Good luck to you. Your profile pic speaks volumes about your ego. So go little speed racer and rip through main street....woooo hoooooo!!!!
Walter Keenan May 22, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Still one minor mistake is meaningless, the remainder of what I said still holds true.
Ian May 22, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Well, I think you just proved my point, there! Your assumptions of my age, driving habits and ego are all wrong, and I think its sad when people can't disagree without it turning to personal attacks. If I misinterpreted your comments as having a combative or snarky connotation, I apologize, but judging by your most recent comments,I think my gut was right. To everyone else reading- I am almost finished with a petition, and facebook page opposing the changes to Main Street. If you are interested in participating in either, please email me, and I will email you the link to both - Piano61485@aol.com
Ian May 22, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Walter, I totally respect your opinion!
new guy May 22, 2012 at 09:31 PM
good for you Ian, i look forward to see what you come up with. please post back here when the state takes your plans from paper to reality. i'll be right back, i'm going to grab some popcorn. oh no...was that too abrasive for you Ian? i'm sorry. ;)
localRN May 23, 2012 at 01:10 AM
The one lane west bound is causing very slow traffic at all times during the day. Did anyone realize that this is the main road to the only local hospital, St. Catherines. I feel very sorry for anyone trying to get there fast. They have make a bad situation worse. Two lanes and a turning lane would have been the way to go. Eliminate the right side parking. There is plenty of parking behind the buildings and across the street in parking lots.
new guy May 23, 2012 at 01:18 AM
The road is still the same width. It I'll have no effect on a ambulance. Cars will mover over like they did before.
Walter Keenan May 23, 2012 at 02:43 AM
If anything the left turn lane would make it easier for an ambulance to get through Smithtown via main street during congested times.
new guy June 05, 2012 at 01:03 AM
IAN....hows that master plan of yours coming along?????
John from Kings Park June 05, 2012 at 02:38 AM
LMAO! Oh please. That guy was the epitomy of self-importance...
new guy June 05, 2012 at 10:22 PM
john guess our Ian is too busy being a banker and a music teacher to fix smithtowns road problems. he started out with some energy....guess he fizzled out.
Ian June 06, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Haven't fizzled out... Wrote a letter to the DOT and Town Board... Then my mother got sick so I had to drop what I was doing and fly to Boston.
Ian June 06, 2012 at 09:39 PM
@John- I honestly think its comical that you are passing judgement on a person you don't know just because you disagree with their views of downtown Smithtown. It's like middle school all over again.
new guy June 07, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Well IAN, I'm sorry to hear about your mother. Hope She's feeling better. So in the meantime I'll sit and wait for your main street revisions. Thanks.
John from Kings Park June 07, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I don't disagree with you, Ian. Although I DO tend to notice that's your excuse for everything in here. That whole condencending attitude might work for your students but when you're speaking to adults, it's gets old quick. I just think your over-the-top arrogance & obvious feelings of self-importance leaves a very bad taste in some mouths. I'll bet there's a lot of eye rolling going on whenever you speak in public...
Marion Knott August 17, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Ian you are doing fine. We were appalled at what has happened to driving to Smithtown has become. We used to have a traffic engineer who really didn't do a good job except use his radar gun to determine the speeding cars on certain streets. Really not his fault since he only had one radar gun. This was back in the seventies, I think. I think we might look into schools that have traffic engineering as one of their "degrees" and ask them to submit their solutions.
new guy August 17, 2012 at 06:03 PM
The STATE DOT will do whatever they want to. Tey spend no time listening to anyone on a town level of government. I think the changes were an improvement. Longer turning lanes, shoulders on the easy bound side....works for me, good job DOT.
new guy August 18, 2012 at 01:56 PM
.....by the way, where is the master plan Ian? surely you figured it all out by now.
Nesconset Dude August 18, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I'd like to see that master plan myself. Maybe it's a secret, he doesn't want anyone else to take credit for his brilliant idea. Personally, I think eastbound should be cut down to one lane, too. I've not had ANY issues driving Main Street since the change, traffic flowed smoothly. This was a good idea. Next, they should put a planted median in to enhance Main Street. Perhaps I'll make that my master plan, to get both lanes cut down to 1 each way.
Marion Knott August 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I wonder what time of day you traveled. We always had a problem with traffic backing up in many directions. Another thing. Enough of the negative comments. All of us have our own opinion. I like mine and like reading others. No need to be hateful or sarcastic. We are all so fortunate to live where we do. When I come back to San Francisco and go to my inner city school I see what conditions my kids live in yet they are kind and caring to each other, from what I observe. So many live in shelters. I guess I am getting carried away by thinking of the haves (I am one) and the have nots.
new guy August 18, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Marion, I live and work locally with a fair amount of daytime driving in the area. Not so much after dark. I truly have no issue with the changes and I really think they improve movement. The extended turning lanes going east and the new shoulder going east is a big improvement. Driving a large truck easy bound prior to these changes was a task. The telephone poles all lean in towards main street making driving next to the curb very dangerous. As far as the sarcasm goes people get what they give. Re-read Ian's post.
Marion Knott August 18, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I guess we go West most of the time and going back home we just go down by the library to avoid any problems. East, anyway, hasn't been a problem. I am not pointing to you when talking about sarcastic remarks but all of us. I like being able to comment on different things but I just hate it when I hear the mean remarks.
new guy August 18, 2012 at 06:51 PM
i agree, i just got back from vacation and i looked at the patch site for where i was vactioning, nobody bickers like we do here on the kings park, smithtown ect....sites. this started off as a good place to hear about local news and then it became a place to make every artical and blog political. its getting old.

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