HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – With the support of the Suffolk Legislature, Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco has secured $5 million in improvements to County Road 19 (CR-19), a spur connecting Waverly Avenue and West Avenue, in Patchogue. The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously passed Introductory Resolution 1960, which allocates the funds, at the November 20th General Meeting. CR-19 is an important entrance to Patchogue Village, positioned between the new Blue Point Brewery, the New Village development, and the suggested site for a hotel. The improvements will bring much needed traffic flow improvements, pedestrian safety, and new greenspace to one of the primary entrances to the downtown area of Patchogue village.
CR-19 is a major access point to the new headquarters of Blue Point Brewery, which purchased the former site of Briarcliff College in 2017. The company began operating at the new 53,000 square foot site earlier in 2018, with their public opening expected in the next few months.
The west-bound road of CR-19 will be moved into the current median to create a new greenspace on Patchogue Lake. The space will provide residents and visitors access to the lake for recreational activities, such as fishing or jogging. Additionally, it will create a new traffic circle that will allow the fire department to more rapidly respond to services calls south of Main Street. The tight turns of the current traffic pattern makes it difficult for large fire trucks to navigate, forcing first-responders to take less direct routes.
“These improvements bring a lot of really important benefits to Patchogue Village,” said Deputy Presiding Officer Calarco. “It will improve access to our vibrant downtown areas, create an incredible greenspace right on Patchogue Lake, and it will highlight some of the great attractions to Patchogue. I want to thank to continued support of my colleagues. Patchogue is a great example of what can be achieved when we invest in our downtowns and it couldn’t have been done without the support of Suffolk County.”
Additionally, the Legislature also unanimously passed IR 1971, which provides an additional $200,000 in storm water runoff improvements along CR-19 in conjunction with the other improvements. The funds will create new catch basins and four bio-retention areas that will protect the Patchogue Lake aquatic habitat. It will also allow for restoration along the south shore of the lake that will remove invasive species along the new park space.