Bay-Way Corridor Project
Maple Avenue looking north (RIGHT) and south near the entrance to the ferry terminal (LEFT). Roadwork linking the Long Island Rail Road to the Fire Island Ferry is slated to begin this fall.

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Bay-Way Corridor Project

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
8/2/2018


BAY SHORE—Maple Avenue might soon be getting a makeover, according to Islip Town officials. The Bay-Way Corridor Project, which is scheduled to begin construction this fall, will go from Bay Shore Long Island Rail Road Station, through the downtown, and to the Fire Island Ferry terminals. 

The plan for the mile-long path, which reportedly sees over 1,000,000 travelers a year, includes upgrades to the existing infrastructure and the implementation of “proven traffic calming methods” at critical points along the route, according to Islip Town’s public works project supervisor Peter Kletchka. 

The $2.15 million project is scheduled to begin about four years after Islip Town officials announced they received 1.6 million through a State Department of Transportation grant, according to reports, which also states that Islip Town will pay a little over $500,000 for the remainder of the project’s cost. 

Bike lanes, or shared roadways, are also in the works, according to plans released by Islip Town. Pedestrian crosswalks and new pavement will be marked for vehicles and cyclists throughout the project limits.

Additional reasons for the project include: the lack of a clear connection between the LIRR and Fire Island Ferries, ramps that are not ADA compliant, inconsistent pedestrian facilities, deteriorated sidewalks and inadequate storm drainage systems. 

In regards to drainage improvements, leaching basins are to be installed along Maple Avenue from Gibson Street to Aldrich Court in order to catch the first flush of storm events. This will reduce discharge to the bay, according to the plans.

Roadway grades on Maple Avenue will also be corrected to prevent puddles by improving stormwater flow in the gutter. In addition, the existing drainage system will be replaced on Maple Avenue southward at Aldrich Court. Check valves will be incorporated into new manholes as well in order to prevent backflow from the bay during high tide. 

It was also reported that since the grant was received, Islip Town swapped a taxi stand for an Uber and Lyft waiting area. The change was made since ridesharing services weren’t as prevalent four years ago. 

Two restaurants near the Maple Avenue Dock that would be affected by the work have expressed enthusiasm about the “gateway zone.” The Lake House co-owner Eileen Connors called the project a “very good investment in the community.

“The roads need to be repaved and anything the town can do would be great,” Connors said, adding that she is “100 percent” behind the project.