LICA & ARTBA release study focused on the dangers of the Southern State Parkway

The Long Island Contractors’ Association, in accordance with the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARBTA) released a study of the Southern State Parkway focused on the dangers of the Southern State Parkway, showing that the total number of accidents on the parkway has jumped from 3,210 a year in 2012 to 4,166 in 2019. Between 2012 and 2019, there were 15,768 accidents on the Southern State, 8,443 of which resulted in injury, 78 of which included fatalities.
The original intent of the road design was engineered to host significantly less road traffic at a top speed of 35 mph. With nearly 200,000 vehicles using the road at much higher speeds today, parts of the Southern State Parkway have become a dangerous and untenable corridor, earning the nickname “Blood Alley.”

LICA recommends using a public-private partnership (similar to what had been used to fund the remake of LaGuardia Airport and Moynihan Train Hall) to fund adding a high-occupancy toll lane to each side of the parkway and reconstructing 50 bridges as well as making additional roadway improvements, including to the design of the road itself.

Click here to see the study.

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