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Oct 27, 2014 5:17 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

State, Local Officials Unveil Plans For Roundabout In East Hampton Village

Oct 28, 2014 12:09 PM

East Hampton Village will get its first roundabout in 2015, thanks a partnership of local and state officials who were able to secure $700,000 in state aid for the traffic change.

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and Senator Kenneth P. LaValle met Monday with East Hampton Village Mayor Paul Rickenbach, East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell and other members of village and town government to announce plans for the roundabout at the intersection of Toilsome Lane, Route 114 and Buell Lane.

The funding for the project comes collectively from Mr. Thiele’s and Mr. LaValle’s 2014 Community Capital Assistance Program, and the village will match that contribution.

“As you can see, this is an interesting intersection,” Senator LaValle said at a press conference on Monday afternoon, pointing to the concrete island where a stop sign currently sits.

Mr. LaValle said he, Mr. Thiele, and members of the village government have been working on coming up with a traffic calming measure for the spot for years. He said that he is excited to finally see a plan come to fruition.

The intersection has been collectively identified by members of the community as dangerous and in need of a change, added Mr. Thiele. He said that unlike past situations, where roundabouts have been a point of contention, he is confident that people will be pleased with the new plans.

“This is one of those rare occasions where all levels of government have worked together,” said Mr. Rickenbach. “We’re hoping it will be complete within the next year.”

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What a waste of money...You would think that there would be more pressing places for a roundabout than that intersection. I would suggest the Noyac Road and North Sea Road as one. You know where all the trade traffic to East Hampton flow to and from.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Oct 27, 14 5:45 PM
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What's a waste of money is assuming that any more than 30% of the people on the roads here can actually understand how a roundabout works. Hint: A left turn signal is NEVER appropriate!
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Oct 27, 14 7:06 PM
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Coming to a complete stop in a traffic is not appropriate either.

Doesn't necessarily stop anyone...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 27, 14 7:51 PM
Having traveled a lot in Massachusetts, they use them and they work for moving traffic. They should use more of them here. Better than a signal
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Oct 28, 14 6:29 AM
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Roundabouts are fine, its people that are a problem. Just make sure any signs are bi-lingual so Obama's Neuva-Amercians can understand.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Oct 28, 14 11:26 AM
Gee - so its not "people" its "people that aren't my color". Nothing like dumb lazy racism on the blog
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Oct 28, 14 3:14 PM
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By ScottBatson (6), on Oct 28, 14 7:01 PM