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Apr 18, 2016 11:44 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

County Road 39 Blinking Light Program Scheduled For This Week

Traffic traveling east at the intersection of County Road 39 and Tuckahoe Road.  DANA SHAW
Apr 18, 2016 1:47 PM

The traffic light at the intersection of Tuckahoe Road and County Road 39 in Shinnecock Hills will be switched to blinking yellow during the morning commute for three days this week, an effort by Southampton Town and Suffolk County to address traffic backups on that stretch.

The program will take place from 6 to 9 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and involve switching the tri-colored light at Tuckahoe Road to blinking yellow. Left-hand turns from Tuckahoe Road onto County Road 39 will be prohibited, as will left-hand turns from County Road 39 onto Tuckahoe Road. Motorists traveling north and south on Tuckahoe Road will not be allowed to cross over County Road 39.

Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman has said that he hopes the program reduces travel time for motorists by about 10 minutes in the morning. If that’s the case, he said, engineers would then work out a long-term plan to change up that intersection to eliminate the traffic light there—a plan that could possibly include an underpass, similar to the setup at nearby St. Andrews Road.

“If we’re going to somehow eliminate that light, we’re going to have to come up with a better solution. And so an underpass holds some promise,” Mr. Schneiderman said last week. “Whether it’s workable, whether it can be funded without burdening local taxpayers, I think that’s a challenge for me to try to figure out.”

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"A challenge for me to figure out". Doesn't take a genius so maybe a politician can handle it.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 18, 16 3:48 PM
You are not too impressive Jay! Anyone else having a case of buyer's remorse?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Apr 18, 16 5:56 PM
We have a a problem with too many cars trying to come to the east end. Not enough parking for them, why would you want MORE cars.
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Apr 18, 16 7:16 PM
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It's like trying to fit a tractor trailer through a garden hose. These idiots just don't get it.

What we need is a moratorium on contractors who come from up the island. Just like the ban on Uber drivers, all contractors should be forced to operate out of an office east of the canal in order to continue to reap the benefits of the multi-million dollar homes being constructed. They certainly aren't putting anything back into the local community-- except maybe keeping the delis and lunch ...more
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Apr 19, 16 11:15 AM
Welcome to the Southampton bypass. Where tailgating is not a violation of the vehicle code and the cops speed along with the rest of the drivers.
By kiddio (16), SOUTHAMPTON on Apr 18, 16 9:57 PM
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That light has been exactly timed to make all the drivers at the Sandy Hollow light (headed west) speed their butts off to make it. For 10 years I've been making that commute. I've called Johnson Controls and they don't even care.. Perhaps they'd care if someone investigated what exactly happened for that memorial to be placed right at the 'finish line'.... A photo finish for their atrocious and careless oversight. And a life lost.

What is the point of making tens of thousands of cars ...more
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 1:25 AM
To slow traffic, and create opportunity for left turns further down the highway. Which, violating those controls prevents.

It creates gaps in traffic to facilitate highway entry.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Apr 19, 16 4:15 AM
East End Shuttle scoot trains on the LIRR tracks, and linked SuffCo N/S buses.

Peconic Bay Regional Transportation Authority (PBRTA) -- local control of all modes of people-moving.

Infrastructure upgrades to include timed traffic lights on 27 from Lobster Inn to Napeague.

Build it and they will come . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 5:53 AM
The self driving SUV of the future will allow tens of thousands more folks access to the pristine waters and quaint family farms of Easthampton. Don't forget the self driving trucks for the workers to cut grass, fertilize lawns, clean pools and stock the shelves with paper goods and fresh linens.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 19, 16 6:21 AM
HMMMM was any thought given to those who LIVE HERE and how this will negatively impact OUR lives by shutting down a north south route during the morning commute ?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Apr 19, 16 6:34 AM
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Still backed up to the canal today
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Apr 19, 16 11:06 AM
My question is, How are they building an overpass without shutting down 39 for a few weeks?

This guy is unbelievable. No wonder Easthampton didn't want him back...

Thanks, Democrats, for giving us this interloper.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 12:31 PM
WOW this is working GREAT!!!!! I have not seen traffic backed all the way up to exit 64 at 6 in the morning this early in the season before. Cab we say cluster &*@!
By MACK (50), Southampton on Apr 19, 16 1:54 PM
At 7:15 this morning, traffic was moving smoothly at St. Andrews Road, but was backed up west of the Lobster Inn, all the way to the top of the hill at the Quogue exits. Commercial bisinesses east of Hill Station Road create obstacles to traffic flow which ripple back west.

Mo' people, mo' problems . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 20, 16 7:34 AM
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