UPDATE: FEBRUARY 14, 2020—PSEG WORK ON PLAINFIELD AVENUE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT

PSEG advised that they will be working this Saturday and Sunday nights (February 15th & 16th) between 5pm and 5am. The work will require a lane modification only, so traffic will NOT be detoured. PSEG will have flaggers on site to assist with traffic.

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REMINDER 

PLAINFIELD AVENUE, BETWEEN MILLER AVENUE AND VANDEWATER AVENUE, WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH 

PLAINFIELD AVENUE WILL BE FULLY CLOSED FOR TRUCK TRAFFIC. CARS WILL BE DETOURED AROUND THE CLOSURE. 

  • The closure of Plainfield Avenue between Miller Avenue and Vandewater Avenue will take place on a single date, this Saturday, February 8th from 7am to 7pm (rather than three, 12 hour full closures as planned by ESD). The work on Plainfield Avenue on subsequent weekends will be limited to lane modifications and will NOT involve the full closure of Plainfield Avenue, nor necessitate a traffic detour through residential streets. 
  • The Floral Park Police will close off Plainfield Avenue from TRUCK TRAFFIC heading south from Jericho Turnpike and PSEG, together with the Nassau County Police, will prohibit truck traffic on Plainfield Avenue heading north from Hempstead Turnpike on Saturday, February 8th.
  • The detour route for the remaining vehicular traffic will involve Vandewater Avenue, Locust Street and Miller Avenue. Because of the steps planned to prohibit truck traffic on Saturday, February 8th, the detoured traffic should only be cars.  We ask residents on these streets not to park their cars on these streets on Saturday, February 8th.
  • PSEG has agreed to pay the Village’s cost for the extra police coverage on Saturday, February 8th in connection with the truck diversion and detour patrols.
  • We are working with PSEG to have appropriate signage in place to alert potential traffic of the closure from Miller to Vandewater, and the prohibition of truck traffic on Plainfield.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we try to minimize the impact of this work relating to the Belmont Redevelopment Project. 

Mayor
Dominick Longobardi 

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UPDATE: FEBRUARY 5, 2020

BELMONT UPDATE: Plainfield Avenue Closure Februay 8, 2020

Dear Residents,

            After working with PSEG, the Village has come up with a plan to minimize the impact of planned closure of Plainfield Avenue by Empire State Development Corp. (ESD) in connection with the Belmont Redevelopment Project.

  • The full closure of Plainfield Avenue between Miller Avenue and Vandewater Avenue will take place on a single date, this Saturday, February 8th 7am to 7 pm (rather than three, 12 hour full closures as planned by ESD).  The work on Plainfield Avenue on subsequent weekends will be limited to lane modifications and will not involve the full closure of Plainfield Avenue, nor necessitate a traffic detour through residential streets.
  • The Floral Park Police will close off Plainfield Avenue from truck traffic heading south from Jericho Turnpike and PSEG, together with the Nassau County Police, will prohibit truck traffic on Plainfield Avenue heading north from Hempstead Turnpike on Saturday, February 8th.
  • The detour route for the remaining vehicular traffic will involve Vandewater Avenue, Locust Street and Miller Avenue. Because of the steps planned to prohibit truck traffic on Saturday, February 8th, the detoured traffic should only be cars.  We ask residents on these streets not to park their cars on these streets on Saturday, February 8th.
  • PSEG has agreed to pay the Village’s cost for the extra police coverage on Saturday, February 8th in connection with the truck diversion and detour patrols.
  • We are working with PSEG to have appropriate signage in place to alert potential traffic of the closure from Miller to Vandewater, and the prohibition of truck traffic on Plainfield.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we try to minimize the impact of this work relating to the Belmont Redevelopment Project.

Mayor,
Dominick Longobardi 

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BELMONT UPDATE: January 31, 2020 Plainfield Avenue Closure

Dear Residents, 

I want to advise everyone that the planned closure or Plainfield Avenue by ESD tomorrow, February 1st, has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled after the Village has had an opportunity to devise a properly vetted Traffic Mitigation Plan with PSEG .

I want to thank Senator Kaplan for all of her hard work and efforts over the past several on behalf of Floral Park this evening to accomplish this. Through Her efforts in coordinating with the ESD, PSEG and our Village Staff, we will be better able to plan and protect our residents and business owners  from issues that may arise during construction.   I would be remiss if I did not also thank Rebecca Sheehan from Senator Kaplan’s office, Village Administrator Gerry Bambrick, Deputy Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald, Darlene Lanza, Police commissioner Steve McAllister, LT. Will Dougherty, Public Works Superintendent Kevin Ginnane, Michael Murphy, Esq.  and Chris Chaffee from PSEG, all of whom spent most of today working towards this resolve. 

Please be advised that we will keep you posted of developments as they progress. 

We hope you all enjoy a safe, fun Superbowl  weekend!

Mayor,
Dominick Longobardi 

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Please see the notice below from the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) announcing the closure of Plainfield Avenue between Miller Avenue and Vandewater Avenue, tomorrow, February 1st. This notice was received by the Village around 10:00 am this morning, January 31st.

** Belmont Construction Notice**

Weather permitting, PSEGLI will be conducting work this Saturday, February 1st, from 7AM – 7PM.
Plainfield Ave is closed from Vandewater Ave to Miller Ave, using Locust St. as a detour road.
Additional work along Plainfield Ave is also scheduled for the following dates and times, weather permitting:
Saturday, February 8th from 7AM – 7PM
Sunday, February 9th from 5PM – 5AM
The future weekend work will not require a road closure.  Only one lane closure with appropriate traffic control.

Despite previous representations to the Village and by ESD’s attorney’s to the Court in the Village’s Article 78 proceeding, that the Belmont Project substation related pole replacement work on Plainfield Avenue would only result in “minor traffic disruptions”, the Empire State Development Corp (ESD) informed the Village today that beginning tomorrow, February 1st, there will be a total closure of Plainfield Avenue between Miller Avenue and Vandewater Avenue.  Yesterday afternoon, PSEG informed the Village of the plan to close Plainfield Avenue on Saturday. The Village immediately objected and arranged a meeting with PSE&G to discuss alternatives and a traffic mitigation plan for closing at a future date. Nonetheless, this morning, without any consultation with the Village, or any traffic management plan or any strategy to reduce the truck traffic coming off of Plainfield, ESD announced it is pushing forward with a detour plan that takes this vehicular and truck traffic through the Village’s residential streets.  Without understanding why there is a mad rush to get this done without a plan or without consultation with local government, police or fire safety and with complete disregard of their actions on residential streets, we will be experiencing traffic issues throughout the Plainfield Avenue corridor for the entire day tomorrow. Since the Village had only one day’s notice, and this work will take place over our objections, we are working quickly to develop a plan to secure the safety and security of our residents and business owners. With this in mind, we urge all residents to avoid the Plainfield Avenue area tomorrow where possible to allow this construction to be completed in as expeditious manner as possible.

As this is the very beginning of the Belmont Redevelopment Project, we wish to point out that we now know that this is how ESD and the Governor’s office will operate. Also, this is how the ESD and the Governor have approached every step of this process for the Belmont Redevelopment Project. We wish to assure everyone that we will work diligently to stay on top of this project and we will do our best to ensure the quality of life that we all work so hard to preserve and foster, remains for everyone in our wonderful Village.

At the time of this letter, we are informed by Senator Kaplan that she has requested that the road closure be postponed so that the Village’s concerns can addressed. But at this moment, there is no answer back yet from ESD as to whether the closure of Plainfield will be postponed. 

The Village greatly appreciates your cooperation as the Police, Fire and Public Works Departments try to minimize the impact to our residents from this last-minute notice from ESD.

Mayor
Dominick Longobardi