In the wake of three catastrophic accidents involving motorists driving the wrong way on a one-way roadway, Newsday readers and a driver advocate group identified 7 confusing and intersections which are prone for drivers to drive the wrong way on a one-way road.
Below is the list:
1. Lakeview Rd./Marcus Ave. & Northern State Parkway
A driver on Lakeville Road who wants to go east on the Northern State Parkway must get on Marcus Avenue, heading east. To get on the Northern State, the driver must make a left across traffic to get on the parkway’s entrance ramp, which is adjacent to an exit ramp from the Northern State. There is a stop light on Marcus Avenue, but the ramp ways are close together.
2. New Hyde Park Road and Northern State Parkway
A driver headed north on New Hyde Park Road who wants to go west on the Northern State must make a left across traffic onto the entrance ramp, which runs adjacent to an exit ramp from the Northern State.
3. Roslyn Road and the LIE South Service Road
Drivers leaving a gas station located at the southeast corner of this intersection or drivers going north on Roslyn Road sometimes make a left and go west into oncoming traffic on the South Service Road, which is eastbound.
4. Old Country Road and Wantagh Parkway
A driver headed east on Old Country Road who wants to go south on the Wantagh Parkway has to make a left across traffic to get on the parkway’s entrance ramp, which is adjacent to an exit ramp from the Wantagh.
5. Hempstead Turnpike and Wantagh Parkway
A driver headed east on Hempstead Turnpike who wants to go south on the Wantagh Parkway must take Bellmore Road to get to the parkway’s entrance ramp. That ramp’s entry is just beyond the parkway’s exit ramp, and both are at a bend in Bellmore Road where there is a nearby stop sign. A confused driver could go right at the stop sign and head into traffic on Bellmore Road, which could cause the driver to turn into the parkway’s exit ramp.
6. Round Swamp Road and Northern State Parkway
A driver on Round Swamp Road who wants to go east on the Northern State must navigate exit and entrance ramps that are adjacent to one another, with lanes separated only by double yellow lines.
7. Connetquot Avenue and Sunrise Highway
A driver headed south on Connetquot Avenue who wants to go east on Sunrise Highway must make a left across traffic onto the highway’s entrance ramp, which is adjacent to an exit ramp from the Sunrise.
Can I tell you about the most problematic traffic light? Every morning I exit the NSP eastbound at Lakeville Road, turn right onto Marcus Avenue and then proceed to make another right onto Lakeville Road, northbound, where there is a traffic light and a red light camera. The two right most lanes are designated right turns only, as shown by the right turn arrows painted on the road in both lanes, yet the traffic light there contains 5 circles, including a red light, a green light, a yellow light, a green arrow signal. Now, my understanding is that you can make a right turn at a red light after a full stop in Nassau County, which I did, but I received a ticket. Now, I don’t turn at the red light anymore, even though all the cars behind me are honking, and I wait for either the green light or the green arrow light. So I turned right when the traffic signal was simultaneously red and the green arrow light was on, and I think I got another ticket! What is going on??
Thanks for sharing this info. This sounds like a real problem. Perhaps, you want to send a letter to the Nassau County DOT. They are the best ones to contact to see a change effectuated.