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Aug 8, 2017 1:37 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Consultants Push For New Traffic Light On Montauk Highway In Heart Of Bridgehampton

The blinking light intersection of Montauk Highway and School Street, which could potentially become a working light. JEN NEWMAN
Aug 9, 2017 7:42 AM

A traffic signal at the intersection of School Street, Montauk Highway and Corwith Avenue in Bridgehampton tops a list of recommendations to the Southampton Town Board to address safety concerns along the hamlet’s Main Street.

Ray DiBiase, a consultant with the Brookhaven-based engineering firm L.K. McLean Associates, gave more details of his vision of the planned $700,000 pedestrian safety project at an August 3 Southampton Town Board work session.

He reaffirmed a previous recommendation, to change the now-flashing traffic light at School Street to a fully operational traffic signal. The light would encompass Corwith Avenue and Main Street, or Montauk Highway, allowing for an easier left turn onto Montauk Highway from School Street. Several crosswalk and “walk/don’t walk” signals also would be installed at the location.

The draft plan also looks to add new crosswalks at the Montauk Highway and Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike intersection near Starbucks, with new ADA-compliant ramps and an improved pedestrian island.

Mr. DiBiase also recommended that the speed limit along the stretch of Montauk Highway between Lake Road and the Bridgehampton School should drop to 25 mph, with several curbed islands installed along the center of the two-lane road to provide more protection for pedestrians. The speed limit in the Bridgehampton School zone itself then could drop to 15 mph during school hours.

The rest of the plan, as outlined by L.K. McLean Associates, calls to increase and improve lighting and signs throughout the hamlet, making it easier for drivers to tell where pedestrians are likely to cross busy Montauk Highway. Consultants also hope to improve pedestrian safety—as well as traffic flow—on the 1.35-mile stretch of Montauk Highway by encouraging the use of municipal parking with more signs, added left turn opportunities and coordinated traffic signals.

According to Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, before the next steps of the project are implemented, he would like more input from the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee and State Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr., who helped acquire the $700,000 in state grants for the project. After that, detailed cost estimates and a final summary report would be released. Preliminary cost estimates currently peg the project at $380,000, Mr. DiBiase said.

The firm’s report notes that between 2014 and 2016 there were 386 reported accidents along Montauk Highway between Lake Road and Lockwood Avenue in Bridgehampton. Eight involved pedestrians, including one fatality, 81-year-old chef, cookbook author and innkeeper Anna Pump, who was struck and killed in a crosswalk in Octobetr 2015.

On average, approximately 30,800 vehicles drive through the hamlet each day, according to L.K. McLean Associates.

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Let's put a traffic light at every single intersection on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton.

It's like BH is in a race with Hampton bays to see who can set up the most lights.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Aug 8, 17 3:27 PM
Angels and ministers of grace have mercy I have adlkjd923 for the first time !
Aug 8, 17 5:59 PM appended by joe hampton
Angels and ministers of grace have mercy I have agreed with adlkjd923 for the first time !
By joe hampton (3461), The Hamptons on Aug 8, 17 5:59 PM
Exactly how would any of that "improve traffic flow"? It will completely gridlock 27 in BH. Another 2 minute light backing up traffic for a mile just to allow 2 cars from School Street to pass? Islands in the median to ensure that no one can go around the cidiot who is on their 8th attempt to back into a parallel parking space along 27 in BH, again backing traffic up for miles? Soon it will be faster to WALK between SH and EH than driving on 27.
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Aug 8, 17 3:36 PM
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May be true . . .

Or you could set up a heliport at the ball field down the street, and let the out-of-town commercial chopper companies, to whom the local pilots have given license to blow us all away, expand their noisy operations and ruin The East End's peace and quiet entirely?

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle !!!
By Nero (301), Sag Harbor on Aug 8, 17 4:39 PM
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By localEH (427), East Hampton on Aug 9, 17 4:56 PM
perhaps if some of the crossers traffic was not in Crosswalks The cars wouldn't be stopping all the time for the jaywalkers.. don't have this problem in other villages ut we have traffic control Officers walking up and down Main St doing NOTHING to help with traffic control What a Joke these so called traffic officers do. There is a no left turn sign at Corwith ave and Main st but is so far north no one can see it t the intersection. the so called SHPD traffic foot "cops" are pretty useless ...more
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 8, 17 7:23 PM
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How much did the town pay this rocket scientist to come up with this idea? Nobody pays attention to any type of traffic signs or lights anyways so why bother....
By 1640sWhaler (74), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Aug 8, 17 7:26 PM
Consultants??? Heck Jay could have come up with that... Divided highway, what a brain???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 8, 17 7:27 PM
People Jay walk constantly, same in Sag Harbor. How about a crack down on that so the people use the cross walks. In addition cars stop next to parked cars all the time to drop people off. How about he traffic cops push them along and stop that practice. Start writing more tickets that will solve a cuchnk of this
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Aug 9, 17 6:17 AM
If only they had built the by-pass...foolish short sighted mindset.

By Amagansett Voter (62), Amagansett on Aug 9, 17 7:54 AM
Maybe the consultant should have tried to get through the stoplight in Water Mill this Wednesday noon. Thirty five minute backup. Traveled through this intersection in Bridgehampton for years without incident. Not to mention that the traffic is much lighter in the off months but the stoplight will be there all year. Please rethink this.
By EastEnder (6), Sag Harbor on Aug 9, 17 12:18 PM
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Is this like the environmental study they did before they built the shops in Water Mill? I remember it well. Everyone was assured -- by GENIUSES from the state ---that the shops would in no way impact the traffic in the area.
But then they decided they needed a traffic light. So they did a traffic study, carried out by MORE GENIUSES and assured everyone that a traffic light would in no way impact car travel on 27 negatively.
By btdt (449), water mill on Aug 9, 17 9:41 PM
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