BALDWIN - Safety advocates walked along Sunrise Highway today in an effort to bring attention to one of Long Island’s deadliest roads.

As News 12 previously reported, Sunrise Highway has been the site of almost as many pedestrian fatalities as busy Hempstead Turnpike and Jericho Turnpike.    

The DOT is about to release a nearly $3 million safety improvement program for Sunrise Highway, and has been criticized by AARP, Vision Long Island and Tri-State Transportation for not allowing the groups to make suggestions for improvements.

In a statement, the DOT denies the allegations. "We're...working with local communities on enhancing highway safety education for motorists and pedestrians while ensuring that traffic laws are being enforced," it said.

One of the crosswalks being criticized is Grand Avenue in Baldwin and Sunrise Highway. The groups say several pedestrian accidents and fatalities have occurred there.

The DOT says its Sunrise Highway Safety Study is now in its final stages. When it's completed, it will be released to the public.