Residents raise safety concerns about Route 109 in Farmingdale following 2 serious crashes

Vision Long Island director Eric Alexander says the speeds are too high, the lanes are too wide and there aren’t appropriate crosswalks.

Cecilia Dowd

Jan 3, 2024, 10:43 PM

Updated 202 days ago

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Following two recent serious accidents, some Long Islanders say Route 109, a state road in Farmingdale, needs to be safer.
Vision Long Island director Eric Alexander told News 12 the speeds are too high, the lanes are too wide and there aren’t appropriate crosswalks. Alexander said people will drive across the street rather than walk because it’s “so dangerous to cross.”
Village Trustee Cheryl Parisi agreed, telling News 12 that people don’t want to cross Route 109, also called Fulton Street.
This week, an 87-year-old man was struck while crossing 109. Days before that, a woman and her grandson were struck at Main Street and Route 109.
In 2017, the New York state Department of Transportation lowered the speed limit, narrowed travel lanes and adjusted traffic signals. In 2022, the DOT completed pavement resurfacing.
In a statement, a DOT spokesperson told News 12: “Safety is always a top priority for the New York State Department of Transportation and a study of State Route 109 in the Village of Farmingdale is ongoing. As this past weekend’s tragic incident is the subject of a police investigation, we cannot comment further.”


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