March 16, 2016
By Deon J Hampton
A busy downtown Avenue in South Beach has been revitalized. Town officials said the pedestrian safety project on Echo Avenue between North Country Road and New York Avenue cost $500,000, of which $110,000 was funded by a Community Development Block Grant.
The downtown project included the addition of handicap-accessible sidewalks, new curbs and guiderails, cross-walks, decorative lighting and ornamental trees.
Town Councilmember Jane Bonner, who represents Sound Beach, and Town Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro announced the completion of the project. “The completion of this project is just another example of the highway department’s continuing efforts to bring a downtown feel to one of our Brookhaven communities.” Losquadro said in a statement.
As part of the three-month revitalization project, a 4-foot-wide sidewalk was constructed on the north side of Echo Avenue starting at North Country Road, and a crosswalk was installed at the corner of Devon Road to connect the sidewalks the continue New York Avenue. “Walkable communities can only happen if pedestrians feel safe and the streetscapes that they travel are pleasant and inviting.” Bonner said in a statement.
“The improvements to this roadway have not only made it better for residents to walk and drive, but have also made it more welcoming to those entering our hamlet.” Bea Ruberto, president of the South Beach Civic Organization, said in a statement.