Downtown Hicksville Complete Streets Project

      Transforming Downtown Hicksville into a more safe, walkable, and vibrant place for people to live, work, and play.

      Map of Project Area

      Project Summary

      The Downtown Hicksville Complete Streets Project aims to improve the accessibility and safety for all modes of transportation, including motorists, pedestrians, transit riders, and cyclists. The project will involve: a traffic impact study, design concepts for Complete Streets improvements for the project area, and outreach and engagement of residents and other stakeholders in Hicksville, the Town of Oyster Bay, and Nassau County. See the FAQ section for more information about Complete Streets and the project. Visit the Mapping Tool to provide input on specific locations in the project area. 

      Latest News & Project Documents

      • Meeting Video & Other Materials from the First Public Information Meeting

        Posted on June 24, 2019

        More than 70 residents and other stakeholders participated in the first Public Information Meeting of the Downtown Hicksville Complete Streets Projects on June 19. Click on any of the items below to view or download: Summary of Meeting Q&A (PDF) | Streaming Video of Meeting (posted on YouTube) | Presentation (13 mb PDF) | Boards (5 mb PDF)

      • First Public Information Meeting - June 19, 2019

        Posted on May 24, 2019

        The first Public Information Meeting for the Downtown Hicksville Complete Streets Project will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 at the Hicksville Community Center, 28 W. Carl St. At this meeting, attendees will hear about the goals and objectives of this project, learn about the data collected to date, and see a presentation of existing conditions in the project area. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the project team questions and provide comments and suggestions.

      Gallery

      The following photos of the Downtown Hicksville area were taken by the project team during various site visits.

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      Commuters cross the street during morning rush hour.

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      A commuting bicyclist rides with traffic.

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      A pedestrian crosses the street precariously.

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      A marked crossing location.

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      The project consultants take local residents on a walking tour of the study area.

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      A downtown parking lot at capacity during a weekday.

      Timeline

      The Downtown Hicksville Complete Streets Project kicked off in January 2019. The Planning Phase of the project is expected to last about 10 months. Click on the timeline below for more details:

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        Winter 2019

        - Project Kick-Off- Stakeholder Meeting: Town of Oyster Bay

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        Winter 2019

        - Project Kick-Off- Stakeholder Meeting: Town of Oyster Bay

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        Spring 2019

        - Undertake Data & Information Collection- Develop & Launch Project Website- Hold Stakeholder Meetings: NYSDOT + LIRR- Hold Local Stakeholders Walking Tour & Meeting- Convene a Public Information Meeting

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        Spring 2019

        - Undertake Data & Information Collection- Develop & Launch Project Website- Hold Stakeholder Meetings: NYSDOT + LIRR- Hold Local Stakeholders Walking Tour & Meeting- Convene a Public Information Meeting

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        Summer 2019

        - Complete the Analysis of Existing Conditions- Hold Technical Advisory Committee Meeting- Begin to Develop Recommendations and Alternatives

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        Summer 2019

        - Complete the Analysis of Existing Conditions- Hold Technical Advisory Committee Meeting- Begin to Develop Recommendations and Alternatives

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        Fall 2019

        - Produce Complete Streets Design Concepts- Hold Technical Advisory Committee Meeting- Hold Public Workshop to Review Design Concepts- Produce Draft & Final Report

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        Fall 2019

        - Produce Complete Streets Design Concepts- Hold Technical Advisory Committee Meeting- Hold Public Workshop to Review Design Concepts- Produce Draft & Final Report

      Case Studies

      Complete Streets principles have been implemented in communities throughout the country, including on Long Island. The following case studies illustrate a range of Complete Streets planning and implementation initiatives along roadways in Long Island communities.

      • Live.

        Grand Avenue Complete Streets ProjectHamlet of Baldwin, NYNassau County has been leading an effort in downtown Baldwin to implement Complete Streets and traffic calming elements, which will provide a safer pedestrian environment, improve circulation, and serve as a catalyst for economic development and revitalization. Engagement with residents, businesses, and first responders has been a key component of the project.

      • Work.

        Great Neck Road Complete Streets ProjectVillage of Great Neck Plaza, NYNassau County and Village officials worked with the community to redesign Great Neck Road to reduce vehicle speeds, improve the downtown environment, enhance walkability and safety, and better accommodate bicyclists and transit vehicles.

      • Play.

        Bay Shore Bay-Way Corridor ProjectTown of Islip, NYThe Town initiated a project aimed at reducing car traffic around the ferry terminal during the high season at Fire Island. The project incorporated Complete Streets concepts into the design of roadways that would improve bus, bicycle, and pedestrian connections between the LIRR Station and Fire Island Ferry Terminal.

      FAQ

      Complete Streets are designed with all users in mind.Complete Streets are designed and operated to enable safer access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets can make it easier to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.
      To download a PDF version of the FAQ below, click here.

      • What is the purpose of the Downtown Hicksville Complete Streets Project? 

        The overall purpose of this project is to improve the accessibility and safety for all modes of transportation in Downtown Hicksville, including motorists, pedestrians, transit riders, and cyclists. We will accomplish this by identifying, planning, and, ultimately, implementing design improvements for streets, intersections, and pedestrian passageways that will improve the safety, circulation, and overall experience for those travelling through and within Downtown Hicksville. This is a multi-phased project that is currently in the Planning Phase. The Design & Engineering and Construction phases will follow the completion of the Planning Phase.
      • What part of Downtown Hicksville will be involved in this project? 

        The focus of the project will be on the area surrounding the LIRR’s Hicksville Station, with particular attention given to Newbridge Road, Jerusalem Avenue and North and South Broadway. The map on this website highlights the project area.
      • What is a “Complete Street”?

        “Complete Streets” is a transportation policy and design approach that makes streets more safe, convenient, comfortable, and accessible for users of all ages and abilities, regardless of their mode of transportation. This is accomplished through implementing design improvements along sidewalks, lane re-configurations, additional and improved pedestrian road crossings, bus pull-outs and transit treatments, traffic calming measures, and a range of other pedestrian, non-motorized, and vehicular improvements. For more information about “complete streets” in New York State, visit the NYS Dept. of Transportation’s website at www.dot.ny.gov/programs/completestreets.
      • What type of work will be involved in the planning phase of this project? 

        There are two primary tasks during this Planning Phase. These include the following:

        (a) Conduct a comprehensive existing conditions analysis which includes a traffic study of the area, on-the-ground observations of the built environment, and analysis of current government regulations.

        (b) Identify potential design, technological, operational, and/or physical techniques for improving the safety, convenience, comfort of travel, and access in the study area. A final report will summarize the recommendations and organize them into an implementation strategy that will include a timeline based on priority, complexity, estimated cost, and potential funding sources.
      • How does this project relate with the prior studies involving Downtown Hicksville?

        The work for this project is being performed in conjunction with New York State’s on-going Downtown Hicksville Revitalization Initiative, and the Town of Oyster Bay’s downtown rezoning efforts. The following links provide more information on the planning context that has led to this project and other related projects in the area.New York State - Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI)
        Town of Oyster Bay - Hicksville DRI Resource Page
        Long Island Railroad (LIRR) - Third Track

      • How can I stay informed about this process? 

        (a) Sign up to receive e-mail updates. Go to the Stay Informed section of the website and follow the instructions. The website also has a contact form through which you can submit a question, comment, suggestion, or idea about this project.(b) Use the Mapping Tool. Look for the “Mapping Tool” button in the Project Summary section of the website. Or go directly to https://wikimapping.com/downtownhicksvilleny.html. Through this online tool you can mark up a map of the project area with comments and suggestions.(c) Attend the next public workshop. An additional public workshop will be held during the fall of 2019, where residents and other interested parties will be able to learn about and provide feedback on the proposed Complete Streets concepts for the project area.
      • What is the timeline for completing this process?

        We anticipate that the Planning Phase will conclude during the fall of 2019.
      • Who is leading this initiative? What other agencies are involved?

        This initiative is being led by the Nassau County Department of Public Works (NCDPW). Through a request for proposals and interview process the Melville, NY office of NV5 was selected as the consultant to undertake the work involved in this project.
        A technical advisory committee will be established to guide the consultant’s work and review work products. This committee will include NCDPW and staff from the Town of Oyster Bay, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), and NICE Bus, as well as Nassau County Legislators Rose Marie Walker, Laura Schaefer, and Arnold Drucker.
      • What is the next step after the Planning Phase work is completed? When can we expect to see improvements built?

        The Nassau County Department of Public Works will work with its partners on the technical advisory committee (see previous question) to identify and allocate and/or solicit funds for implementing the recommendations in the report. Some recommendations, especially those that involve, for example, improvements to signs and roadway striping, tend to be low-cost and could be implemented in the short-term. Other recommendations will require more detailed engineering in order to be constructed and, therefore, would be realized in the long-term.

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