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Apr 21, 2010 9:52 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Town Highway Department warns of wide trucks on Dune Road in Hampton Bays

Apr 21, 2010 9:52 AM

A slew of massive dump trucks will be rolling back and forth on Dune Road in Hampton Bays until Friday, April 30, and the Southampton Town Highway Department is warning motorists to take caution.

The trucks will be moving sand from a stockpile near Road K to Shinnecock Inlet West to replenish eroded beachfront there, said Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor. The action is part of an emergency project, but the State Department of Environmental Conservation would not permit the trucks to drive back and forth on the beach because piping plovers, an endangered species of bird, are nesting there this time of year. Instead, the 10.5-foot-wide trucks must use Dune Road, which has 11-foot-wide lanes, the superintendent said.

“People will be taken aback a bit by the size of these vehicles, and they’ll also be taken aback when they see them drive off the end of the parking lot onto the beach,” Mr. Gregor said. While it would be preferable for the trucks to ride down the beach, rather than the road, putting off the project until after the plovers leave is not an option, he said. “We cannot wait to bolster this section of the dune.”

The project is designed to prevent a breach of the dunes and damage to Dune Road.

The trucks will deposit sand in front of the fishing wharf and elsewhere at Shinnecock Inlet West, Mr. Gregor said, adding that he expects 10,000 yards of sand will be moved over 10 days, starting Wednesday, April 21.

The sand was stockpiled by the Army Corps of Engineers when the corps dredged the inlet over the winter.

Half of the parking spaces at both Road H and Road K will be closed.

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It might be a good idea to pave Dune Road now too. Some of the potholes from the high tide flooding are as deep as the road cone that was put in them to warn drivers. That would be a Good start, especially after these big trucks destroy the remaining asphalt.
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Apr 20, 10 3:44 PM
so the sand came from the inlet was sent to k road and now we all have to pay to truck two miles east again. so much for the dredging project being on time and under budget.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Apr 20, 10 3:46 PM
enough is enough with these stupid birds. We're going on 10 years now, these things must have recovered by now no? Oh that's right if we lifted the ban then all those fisherman will be doing 80mph down the beach in their carbon emitting 4x4's.
By politcal pawn (121), Flanders on Apr 20, 10 6:24 PM
1 member liked this comment
Is it just 4x4's that emit carbon? Do you happen to drive a Prius?
The number of people driving their 4x4's on the beach is so small and none of them are going anywhere near 80mph.
If you want to complain about carbon look to our utility companies and the LIE and other major roadways.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Apr 20, 10 7:06 PM
I'm with you on the birds being stupid, any bird that chooses to l
make it's nest on the ground, doesn't deserve protection. They should leave the Plovers to defend themselves, ecological succession will decide if they are needed.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Apr 20, 10 7:08 PM
@ ICE: I think political pawn was being sarcastic...

As for the plovers, both Political Pawn and yourself come across as ignorant. Part of that is due to 27east simplifying the story and leaving out the fact that Least Terns also nest on the beach and are protected by both the State and Federal Government, so even if the plovers are taken off the endangered species list, the trucks would still not be allowed to drive along the beaches.

Additionally, the fact that vehicles can't ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Apr 20, 10 7:41 PM
Least Terns nest on the dredge spoil islands in Shinneock Bay and are not a consideration on the ocean beaches. It is the Piping Plover that has taken over our beaches, it has become a cottage industry protecting these winged vermin.

When I said "They should leave the Plovers to defend themselves, ecological succession will decide if they are needed" I was referring to the protective enclosures built to protect them from raccoons and foxes which are NATURAL predators, in accordance with ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Apr 21, 10 1:37 AM
Common Terns and Roseate Terns nest on the dredge spoil islands, but Least Terns are on the Ocean Beaches (and bay beaches), right next to the Plovers, please do your research before spouting off without facts. Saying Least Terns don't nest on the ocean beaches is almost as bad as when people say they hate Plovers because they divebomb them when they are walking along the beach. It's the Least Terns that are responsible for that.

Encyclopedia = Wikipedia. Phrases aren't listed in the ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Apr 21, 10 9:47 AM
No sand, no Plovers or Least Terns or humans for that matter.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Apr 21, 10 7:50 PM
so lets destroy the roads further with giant trucks and potentially push cars off the side of the road as to not disturb the piping plovers.

this place deserves a cat 5 hurricane for its ignorance and self-righteousness.
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Apr 22, 10 12:45 AM
Piping plovers are more important than people. We are wacked as a nation with such crazyness. Three miles of beach front will have no impact on the birds. They will nest some other place.

PLEASE NOTE; PIPING PLOVERS TASTE LIKE CHICKEN.
By GerryBayz (13), Hampton Bays on Apr 27, 10 8:55 PM