The Commack Community Association gathered over 20 residents and members on Oct. 28 at Burr Intermediate School, to discuss the traffic problems on Townline Road as well as their efforts to work with the Towns of Smithtown and Huntington to resolve these issues.
Bob Semprini, CCA member, said he is most concerned about the heavy traffic and large trucks that run through Townline Road.
Many trucks – including 18-wheeler cargo trucks – head northbound on Townline Road towards the industrial park, but in the process are barreling past both Commack High School and North Ridge Primary School, he said.
"The place is literally an accident waiting to happen," he said. "And a serious accident at that."
He proposed the set-up of electronic speed signs and complete removal of 18-wheelers.
Semprini said that the signage that appears on the Huntington side of Townline Road is inconsistent with signage on the Smithtown side of the road in terms of truck traffic allowance.
Tony Cannone, traffic engineer for the Town of Smithtown, said these signs are all the same – they restrict trucks over 5,000 pounds from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on both sides of the road. The traffic department ins Smithtown only places these signs on the roads, it is up to the County to enforce the rules, Cannone said.
There are no plans, according to Cannone, to change these restrictions or to restrict trucks all together. Cannone said it is a main road and one of the only ones that allows trucks to travel from Jericho Turnpike to Pulaski Road and beyond.
Cannone inspected the signs on Wednesday and said that although one of the portions explaining the hourly restrictions fell off, all the signs are correctly marked and the traffic department will fix the damaged signs as soon as possible.
AJ Carter, spokesman for the Town of Huntington, is currently looking into the issue through their traffic department. Patch will update as information becomes available.