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Old 05-17-14, 08:55 AM   #1
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Bethpage Bikeway Extension: Are We Going To Have To Form A Maintenance Committee?

I know it isn't officially completed and open yet, but the extension from Bethpage State Park to Woodbury is looking a little ratty already.

I keep thinking about all the rail trail / bikeway "grand openings" I have been to over the years and the trailheads and right-of-ways were always immaculate and lined with flowers, bushes, and thick, freshly-cut grass. After a few years, these were still looking great, thanks to the efforts of volunteers who pitched in to supplement what the municipalities were/were not doing. I have a sick feeling that, once this project is off the DOT's to-do list, it's going to quickly deteriorate to the condition of our sidewalks and the overgrown aprons along state and county roads.

Does anybody else feel the same way?
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Old 05-18-14, 06:46 PM   #2
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The "Ellen Farrant" path - also known as the Jones Beach path, used to get a twice yearly garbage cleanup by the Massapequa Bike Club. Don't think they ever tackled the BP path, but I think there's an historical reason, as the club might have been instrumental in getting the JB path created way back thus feel an obligation to the JB.

The BP path has actually seen maintenance by the state, in that they've gone in about once per year to smooth over frost heaves and other pavement issues.

But no cleanup of leaves, garbage, etc..... and I suspect the state budget recently has seen less work on the old BP path.

I know that CLIMB has only a passing interest in the pavement, for obvious reasons and already tackles a monumental job of getting volunteers onto the mt. bike trails for clearing and repairs, so doubt they will want to take on the paved BP.

So your fears are well founded and I've zero suggestions except a letter writing effort to the state. I've lots of stamps in my desk.
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Old 05-20-14, 12:31 PM   #3
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I rode the section from Sunrise Hwy. to The LIE this morning. The state has laid down new asphalt this spring, on the path for major stretches, just north of the Southern Parkway to Central Ave. Moderate frost heaves from there to BP park. So maintenance is getting done.

The northern new section is in great shape, IMO. The kiosks have maps and the trail is otherwise clean and free of debris. In fact I only saw one overflowing garbage can and that was in the Massapequa Preserve.

As per the comment on the post about JB, the BP extension crosses Sunnyside Blvd. in front of the Holiday Inn and is on the west side of the street when it crosses the Northern State. It then stays on the west, the south side of Sunnyside all the way to Woodbury Rd. I didn't ride west past Washington, so don't know the status, but the curb cuts and final asphalt is done at Washington Ave. and at Old. Country Rd.
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[QUOTE=Lightingguy;16775655]I rode the section from Sunrise Hwy. to The LIE this morning. The state has laid down new asphalt this spring, on the path for major stretches, just north of the Southern Parkway to Central Ave. Moderate frost heaves from there to BP park. So maintenance is getting done.

I don't want to be negative, but the asphalt patches referred to were put down last year, and they are already starting to heave. I have some concerns regarding maintenance as well. Yesterday (5/20) there was some mowing being done. Is there an "official" ribbon-cutting in the offing?
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While the section north of Bethpage is nice the section south is really bumpy. I ride from Massapequa to Cold Spring and generally use the streets with the exception of the path ridge over the Southern State.
Weekdays are OK but on the weekends it's best to avoid the path due to traffic. Nothing like coming around a corner at 18+mph to find some people standing in the path talking.

I still like taking Round Swamp Road for the long gentle up hill.
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