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Update: Branch Boulevard Now Partially Open

Road should be up and running completely by the end of the year.

Update, 11-30-12: Branch Boulevard is now open with one lane in both directions, as the county originally told Patch.

Original story follows:

Nassau County has begun reparing Branch Boulevard, half of which collapsed as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

The road, a major thoroughfare to the Five Towns for residents of North Woodmere and its surrounding areas, has been closed off for about three weeks now. The county expects the road to be open with one lane in each direction by Nov. 30, with all work scheduled to be complete by Christmastime, according to Mike Martino, a spokesperson for Nassau County Department of Public Works.

"The county will reconstruct the washed-out section of Branch Boulevard and embankment of Cedar Point Lake and stabilize embankment in the area of washout with erosion control fabric," he told Patch, "and rip rap, reconstruct the damaged sidewalk, parking lot, guide rail and other affected areas."

Teri Schure, a North Woodmere resident and executive director of the Cedarhurst Business Improvement District, said the closing of the road has been a major inconvenience for her and her neighbors, and could have implications on business in the village.

"We’re basically cut off from the only thoroughfare [to Cedarhurst]," she said. "It’s very important to this business district for prompt repairs."

Martino, meanwhile, said, "We can all hope another storm as fierce as Sandy never comes to Long Island ever again."

Stephen J. Bronner November 16, 2012 at 09:02 PM
FYI, rip rap, according to Wikipedia, "is rock or other material used to armor shorelines, streambeds, bridge abutments, pilings and other shoreline structures against scour, water or ice erosion."
melissa gates November 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Glad to hear it will be just two more weeks until we can start using Branch again...I believe that there is a great increase of traffic on Peninsula and a noticeable difference in traffic flow on Mill Road since we lost that route.
Dave November 30, 2012 at 09:50 PM
They did a really nice job. And it's nice to finally be reconnected.
renee December 05, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Yippee! Now all I need is to get mcdonald's back open in order to get a resonable cup of coffee in the morning.

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