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Apr 27, 2016 10:01 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Results From County Road 39 Blinking Light Program Not Available Yet

Southampton Town officials have not yet received results of last week's County Road 39 blinking light program. DANA SHAW
Apr 27, 2016 10:19 AM

Southampton Town has not yet received data that will determine whether the blinking light trial program last week on County Road 39 at the intersection with Tuckahoe Road was successful.

According to Tom Neely, the town’s director of public transportation and traffic safety, Suffolk County engineers—who collected travel time data by driving a loop from the Shinnecock Canal on Sunrise Highway to the end of County Road 39 in Southampton Village—are still analyzing and comparing the numbers to numbers taken from driving the loop the previous week, with a regular traffic signal. Mr. Neely added that the town still anticipates receiving the data this week.

“We thought it would be sometime this week, but they do have a number of runs [to analyze]. They did both Montauk Highway and County Road 39 … plus they have to go through their internal review process,” he said Wednesday. “I’m not real surprised. We’re hoping for sometime this week.”

Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman has said he hoped the program, which served as an experiment to see how traffic would flow without a light at the intersection, would result in about a 10-minute reduction in travel times for motorists heading east on County Road 39 during the morning commute. If so, he then would work with county engineers to develop a long-term plan for changing up that intersection, with one of the possibilities being the construction of an underpass nearby.

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I think the 'CR39 Blinking Light' needs it's own Facebook page. Who's up for it?
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Apr 27, 16 10:14 AM
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Great idea!!! This could provide much needed insight to those who don't quite grasp how much of an impact the trade parade has on our overcrowded east end.
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Apr 27, 16 6:18 PM
I wonder what the results would be if they put a blinking light in Water Mill
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Apr 27, 16 3:08 PM
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The blinking light experiment was an abject failure, no surprise. There is no practical solution to the problem of folks coming from Up the Island to work here. Deal with it, THE END.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Apr 27, 16 6:25 PM
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I think they will spin it to show that it was an absolute success paving the way for an ill advised plan to change the intersection. Amazing what you can do with numbers, especially the ones with lots of zeros.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 27, 16 6:57 PM
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Lets face it, there are no traffic lights on the Expressway, the Northern or Southern Pkwys, to name just three.

There are mathematical formulas that tell the story. Too many vehicles too little road. Not a question of traffic lights, question of roads having to bear more than their capacity.

That is what causes the slowdowns. Well that and insane driving by some vehicle operators.

The cure, add extra time to the trip. Its what commuters heading west most do, and in ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Apr 28, 16 2:44 PM
Lets stop the band aide approach and deal with the real issue the bypass or highway should be built. Years ago when the Halt the Highway group successfully stopped the construction their claim to fame was build the highway and they will come. How wrong they were the people came anyway and many more than expected. I think that group should be turned into road pizza. I also feel that we have to stop catering to the trade parade and the second home owners/investors that are here. Safety should ...more
By harbor man (47), sag harbor on Apr 29, 16 11:21 AM
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