Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen recently released a five-year capital plan for the town, which she hopes will serve as “a roadmap for taking care of the town’s assets.”
Included in the plan are a number of road projects in Bellmore and Merrick — in addition to Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery projects, which will see roads raised in both communities.
Gillen’s plan, which is currently under review by members of the town board, calls for:
Improvements on Hewlett Lane in Bellmore, between Berkley Place and Horace Court. The project is expected to cost $680,000, with a June survey, design between July and August and a September construction start date. The project is expected to take five months.
Improvements on Peapond Road in Bellmore, between Gerald Court and Jerusalem Avenue. The one-mile project is expected to cost $1,095,000, with the design phase in July and construction starting in August. The project is expected to take nine months.
Improvements on Rosemont, Hallock and Rector streets in North Bellmore. The project is expected to cost $682,500, with the design phase in August and construction starting in September. The project is expected to take five months.
Improvements to 500 feet of Third Avenue in North Merrick, at an estimated cost of $142,000, with the design phase in August and construction starting in September. The project is expected to take five months.
Improvements to 300 feet of Oak Court in Merrick, at an estimated cost of $90,000, with construction beginning in September if the plan is approved. The project is expected to take five months.
The projects will include storm drain improvements, the complete removal and replacement of pavement and the replacement of sidewalks affected by grade changes, according to Mike Fricchione, a spokesman for Gillen.
The town grades streets on a scale of 0-100, including a number of factors scaled 1-10, when prioritizing road projects, Fricchione said. Factors the town weighs include the road’s age, potholes, depressions, drainage, “alligator cracking,” and rideability.
The plan is expected to be before the town board again on June 5, after it was tabled at the May 8 meeting (see sidebar).