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Nov 30, 2011 10:01 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Around Southampton Town Hall: Residents Complain About Traffic Intersection in Bridgehampton

Nov 30, 2011 10:14 AM

Bridgehampton residents are searching for a way to alleviate what they say are traffic and safety issues surrounding a busy intersection along Montauk Highway.

The intersection, which includes Lumber Lane, Ocean Road, Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike and Montauk Highway, is often congested and used by both vehicles and pedestrians, said Stephen R. Steinberg, the vice chairman of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee. He added that residents of Lumber Lane say their road is turning into a “speedway.” Members of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee brought up the concerns to Southampton Town Public Transportation and Traffic Safety Director Tom Neely on Monday.

“There’s a whole traffic problem of there being a confluence of traffic coming south on Sag Harbor Turnpike and south on Lumber Lane and meeting at that vortex there before people take a right or left,” said Mr. Steinberg on Tuesday. “It’s a very complex traffic problem, very.”

Mr. Neely said he was helping draft a Town Board resolution to ask New York State and Suffolk County to look into it, since some of the roads in question fall under their jurisdictions. That resolution is expected to be up for adoption at the December 13 Town Board meeting, he said.

“There was pretty much agreement that the Town Board would do a resolution requesting that the state and the county look at this intersection, do an analysis of both safety and traffic flow situation and try to develop some recommendations about it,” Mr. Neely said.

In the last three years, there have been about nine accidents in the area. They were minor accidents with no injuries—and Mr. Neely added that it’s “not an extraordinarily high number” of accidents. But he noted the collisions have occurred in the vicinity where Lumber Lane and Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike meet Montauk Highway.

He advised the CAC to come up with a list of concerns it has about the intersection.

Clerk Hours Cut Back

Beginning December 5, hours at the Southampton Town Clerk Annex in Hampton Bays will be scaled back due to staffing reductions.

The Ponquogue Avenue office will now be open Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer. It has been open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m..

The hours were cut because one full-time staff member was moved to the Town Comptroller’s office, Ms. Schermeyer said. The staff reduction represents the second one at that office in recent years.

“We continue to operate there, we just are unable to staff the counter for the public for five days a week,” Ms. Schermeyer said.

The office at Town Hall on Hampton Road in Southampton will its keep regular hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday through Friday.

Farmers Market Ends

A town-backed farmers market designed to bring fresh food to Flanders closed for the season on October 29.

The market, called the Farm Fresh Food Market, was based in the David. W. Crohan Community Center in Flanders once a week for 16 weeks. Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming spearheaded the project.

Those involved with the market gathered at Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the end of what they called a successful project. Ms. Fleming said that looking forward, she hopes the market will become financially self-sustaining.

About 39 percent of customers surveyed at the market, according to Ms. Fleming, said they were “regular customers.”

“It’s very gratifying to know 40 percent are returning customers,” she said.

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Been to that intersection.

Biggest problem I ever saw, is that almost no one obeys the traffic law which states YOU SHALL NOT BLOCK AN INTERSECTION.

It's like Aldrich La. in Southampton. Even if we painted a "block box" in the street next to the sign that states "DO NOT BLOCK SIDE ROAD", idiots would do it anyway.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 30, 11 4:17 PM
Go ahead and shoot me but while you have reasonable open space there should be a bypass around the village like Southampton. Traffic will only get worse in the future.
By Sandflea (35), Southampton on Nov 30, 11 4:31 PM
I know the solution...roundabout!!!!
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Nov 30, 11 9:22 PM
1 member liked this comment
Just be thankful you did not need to get to Riverhead last night It took me 2 hours to get past the duck lighting in Flanders. 2 Hours! I am all for celebrating Christmas but do you think you could do a better job with the traffic. I mean really 2 hours on a road that once you commit too your stuck on .
By They call me (2826), southampton on Dec 1, 11 10:20 AM
There are alternate routes to Riverhead. It would have taken about 10 minutes to turn around once you hit traffic on 24, and then about 5 minutes to pick up 104 (Quogue), or 32 (Westhampton). Depends on which is open, due to construction at the intersection of the two.

Would have put you in Riverhead in most likely less than half the time...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 1, 11 6:42 PM