Suffolk County legislators have signed a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, decrying the “horrendous” conditions on certain public roads in New York. The letter, signed by all 17 Republican and Democratic county legislators, makes note of the deplorable conditions of roads that are supposed to be run by the state. They are calling for more investment in infrastructure to improve road conditions, which will make the roads safer and easier for motorists to travel on.
What Was in the Letter?
The letter, which was sent to the governor on May 11, described the deplorable state of certain major roadways that are maintained by the state. These include, but are not limited to: the Long Island Expressway (LIE), Sunrise Highway, and Middle Country Road (Route 25), all of which experience a high volume of traffic on a regular basis. The letter notes that these roads often suffer from potholes and other signs of degradation, the result of poor maintenance from state highway officials.
What is the Problem With the Bad Road Conditions?
Aside from being generally unpleasant to drive on, the presence of potholes and other road hazards can be incredibly dangerous. Potholes can cause damage to any vehicle unfortunate enough to hit them, while motorists may be forced to swerve out of the way of hazards, imperiling themselves and the people around them. This leads to a higher risk of motor vehicle accidents, making driving dangerous for everyone on the road.
What is Being Done in Response?
Mere hours after the letter was sent to the governor’s office, Governor Cuomo pledged $30.6 million in new projects to improve conditions on state roads. This would affect about 20 miles of state roads across Nassau and Suffolk Counties, including some of the worst roads on Long Island. The state has also announced plans to spend an additional $164.7 million to repave about 500 miles of state roads, including the Southern State Expressway and the LIE.
What Can Motorists Do?
Even if these projects go forward as planned, it may be months before road conditions can be repaired. In the meantime, motorists should take caution on major roadways, which may have potholes or other road hazards. Do not speed, and always keep an eye out for anything which might damage your vehicle or potentially cause an accident. If you do get into an accident, however, you should contact a personal injury attorney who can advise you on how to handle the situation.
If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, seeking the advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury law will help assure you get the compensation you deserve. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC assist clients in collecting the damages they need to cope with being the victim of negligence. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York personal injury lawyers, call (888) LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form.