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Dec 23, 2014 11:43 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton Resident Purchases Pedestrian Signs For Main Street Crosswalks

Dec 27, 2014 8:31 AM

It’s been a while since some of the crosswalks on Bridgehampton’s Main Street were equipped with signs alerting motorists to pedestrians. But one resident of the hamlet has taken it upon himself to change that.

Last week, Dick Bruce of Bridgehampton purchased and installed two green signs for the crosswalks near the post office and Thayer’s Hardware & Patio on Montauk Highway. Previously, they were two of the only three crosswalks on that road not to have such signs, the lone one being the walkway near the Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen.

Mr. Bruce said those crosswalks tend to be dangerous, as motorists drive quickly on that stretch of Montauk Highway when there is no traffic. So he wanted to do something to ensure that his fellow community members were safe.

He purchased the two signs from a state-approved sign company in western Suffolk County for a total of $633 out of his own pocket and installed them on Thursday, December 18.

"Those have been missing. So I went ahead and bought some and put them in,” Mr. Bruce said. “Especially at night, it can be dangerous for someone who thinks that cars will stop as you step out onto the crosswalks.”

Also needing a sign is the crosswalk in front of the Hampton Library, Mr. Bruce said, but he did not purchase one for it because Southampton Town already plans to install a lighted crosswalk there. About two years ago, library director Kelly Harris had asked the state for help, as it manages Montauk Highway, and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. managed to secure $90,000. The money is now in the hands of the town, Mr. Thiele said, and the project will be completed by Memorial Day 2015.

That aside, Ms. Harris said she was happy to hear that somebody stepped up to improve the crosswalk situation in Bridgehampton.

“Good for Dick to sort of be proactive on it,” she said. “I think anything that can be put out there to alert patrons or pedestrians in the crosswalk is a good thing.”

Mr. Bruce said that even if he had to reach deeper into his pockets for the signs, he would have done it, so long as it meant safety for pedestrians.

“If it prevents one accident, they’re worth it,” he said.

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why did the town or village not provide these ?
By wmdwjr (76), east hampton on Dec 23, 14 2:59 PM
1 member liked this comment
Agreed. East Hampton has them, but only after the fatal accident of Mr. Jiras, a well known local attorney. He was struck by a car crossing the road at a normal dinner hour right across from the theatre.

It shouldn't take an unfortunate incident to occur in raising awareness on safety. The world is a better place because of people like Dick Bruce.

The town should be reimbursing $ him for his thoughtfulness and consideration.
By Harbor Master (113), Sag Harbor on Dec 23, 14 8:39 PM
someone was hit by a car crossing the street there a couple months back
By dmitchell (2), Sag Harbor on Dec 23, 14 10:06 PM
Two thumbs up for Mr Bruce.
By bird (824), Southampton on Dec 24, 14 4:29 PM
Thank you Mr. Bruce. A job well done. Sometimes 4 to 5 cars buzz through the cross as I wait to cross the street.
By patricia Brennan (8), San Jose on Dec 25, 14 2:34 AM
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BUT! before pedestrians enter a crosswalk and attempt to cross the street, THEY MUST LOOK BOTH WAYS before crossing. they can not just dart into a crosswalk as a car is coming and expect the car to stop on a dime. this happens all the time on main street westhampton beach. people are oblivious. signs should be installed at each end of the crosswalk to remind the pedestrians to look before crossing.
By Jaws (244), Amity Island on Dec 31, 14 2:27 AM
We need for people in the world like Bruce! Thank you!
By Summer Resident (246), Southampton N.Y. on Jan 1, 15 1:26 AM
Bridgehampton should be ashamed. Signs are a responsibility of the government. There is plenty of money in the community to do the job that mr. Bruce did.

A weekender.


By Beane (3), Southampton on Jan 2, 15 5:42 PM
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The town should publically thank Mr Bruce and reimbruse him
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Jan 5, 15 12:48 PM
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