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Community Association Concerned About Trucks on Townline Road

Members of the Commack Community Association discuss traffic and signs on Townline Road.

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. 

Lisa Smith November 13, 2010 at 03:53 AM
Heavy truck traffic should be restricted to Indian Head Road to Old Northport Road. That is the better, safer way for trucks needing to get to the industrial area to pass through our community.
Lisa May 13, 2011 at 01:58 PM
I totally agree that commercial trucks, dump trucks and other large trucks should be re-routed to Indian Head Road to Old Northport Road. There are two schools on TownLine - let keep these kids safe!
Will May 13, 2011 at 03:26 PM
If any person that clearly understands traffic safety cannot see this as an issue.. We are in trouble. The schools and board members should be involved as a first priority.. A single lane road with 18 nad 9 wheelers on it with speeds over 45 mph - with Bus pickups = Accident waiting to happen with our kids!! May towns have put safety first - Smithtown / Commack Schools need to do this now.. No RED Tape Please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lisa May 13, 2011 at 04:11 PM
The schools need to take action and get involved to keep our kids safe!!!!!!!!!!!
Will August 04, 2011 at 12:12 PM
What is going on with this issue.. School is right around the corner.. Come on people, stop worrying about baseball in commack and start making changes on this road !!!
Lisa August 04, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Let's get a move on people...School is just weeks away! Let's get our acts together and work on something ttogether as a community that can actually make a difference here!

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