Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the administration has submitted an application for $12 million in Federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants to fund its Lifeline Connector (LCP) initiative that will stimulate $5 million in economic benefit while hardening a critical evacuation route from the barrier island of Long Beach and the communities of Island Park, Oceanside and Baldwin. This project aims to shorten daily commute times, improve traffic flow, alleviate congestion, reduce carbon emissions and – in accordance with the Complete Streets Law implemented by the Mangano administration – provide safe travel routes for motorists, bicyclists, public transit riders, and pedestrians of all abilities and ages.
“My administration continues to take steps toward improving our local infrastructure so that Nassau County is more resilient than ever before,” stated County Executive Mangano. “With more than 100,000 residents living in the barrier island of Long Beach and surrounding communities, it is critical that we harden this evacuation route and a TIGER grant would help achieve this goal while bolstering the local economy.”
If approved by the Federal government, the grant will allow design work to begin in 2015 and construction to begin in 2016. The route designated in the scope of work includes the Long Beach Bridge, Austin Boulevard., Long Beach Road, Grand Avenue and continues north to the County’s main storm shelter at Nassau Community College. A traffic study is currently under way along Long Beach Road and repairs and improvements are already being made on the Long Beach Bridge. Aspects of the grant would include: Traffic Signal Coordination; Barnum Island Bridge Replacement; Long Beach Road Traffic Calming; Austin Boulevard Traffic Calming; and Long Beach Road Variable Messaging Signage.
In addition, Nassau County supports New York State in securing the necessary funds to improve Nassau Expressway which is under the State’s jurisdiction.