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Echo Avenue Among Roads Getting Sign Upgrades

Signage upgrades come as part of larger town-wide project receiving federal funding.

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Drivers on Echo Avenue in Miller Place may have noticed new signage as of late, the result of upgrades made possible in large part due to federal funding that is part of a larger project throughout Brookhaven Town.

According to the office of Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro, the town received over $1.2 million to upgrade and replace signs throughout town that are listed as a Federal-Aid Urban System roadway. Brookhaven will cover the remaining 20 percent required for the project.

“This project will make our roads safer for motorists by making signs more visible through higher reflectivity," Losquadro said. "Break away rails will also be installed. If a motorist were to strike a sign with these rails attached, the rails would simply disconnect from the post. This would cause less damage to the car, thus making it less likely for people inside the car to be injured.”

The scope of the project also includes an electronic inventory of signs as well as a database of sign locations that Losquadro said will be "a useful tool to track compliance with current standards."

So far, signage on over 15 streets has been improved, and Losquadro said the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. 
Marie August 09, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Frankly, you can put up all the signs you think may make the roads safer, however, if the people driving don't have their eyes on the road because of texting, talking on their cells, etc.. these efforts and grants are being wasted.
Irene Dixon August 09, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Please tell me that part of that signage includes traffic lights. We need a light at Echo and 25A. The traffic coming off of Echo has increased so much so that they can't get over to the left to go left onto 83 just by merging, they need a light there to control the Echo flow.
Paul A. Lauto, Esq. August 10, 2013 at 09:04 AM
"Break away rails" will help limit injury depending on what the car strikes in the alternative. If the car ends up hitting a significant tree instead of a stationed rail, the injury will likely be far greater. Also, less damage to a car does not automatically translate into less injury to the person. Accident re-construction experts confirm that the opposite is often true. When a car is in a significant accident but sustains little or no damage as a result of current day resistant materials used, the energy of the impact (instead of being absorbed by the car) is transferred into the occupants thereby causing injury.
Tom August 11, 2013 at 08:23 AM
They should be more worried about that stupid merge lane on Echo Ave onto 25A in Mt. Sinai. It's only a matter of time before one of these crashes takes a life. You need a cross (+) intersection. People merge at 30 and 40MPH but what makes it worse is you have driveways to a business and a side road in the middle of the merge lane. What do you think is going to happen when a car doing 40 encounters a car pulling into the driveway of the business?
Tom August 11, 2013 at 08:26 AM
Who would be in the wrong? Think about it and know the area and site distance before you answer.
Adrianne August 11, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Agree that the merge should have a light, i watch the traffic on echo daily there must be additional lights/stop signs/or speed bumps from North Country road heading north on Echo, cars speed to and from New York ave. At 50 plus mph insane and passing over double yellow lines, ha someone just flew by now...lots of ticket money could be made here for suffolk,please before tragedy occurs!
Marie August 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Someone already has died at that intersection. This is all about upcoming elections.

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