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Apr 15, 2019 10:18 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

County Delays Springs Road Improvements Again

John Potter has led a committee of Springs residents who have pushed for improvements to Springs-Fireplace Road's industrial section when the county repaves the roadway next year.   KYRIL BROMLEY
Apr 16, 2019 12:50 PM

Suffolk County has again put off its plans to repave Springs-Fireplace Road for at least one more year. It is also likely to be two more years before Three Mile Harbor Road gets a long-awaited repaving and upgrades to address flooding problems in some locations.

Some Springs residents who have been eying the industrialized portion of Springs-Fireplace Road since the start of the hamlet studies three years ago see the delays as an opportunity for a more complete plan for improving the roadway’s heavily trafficked section.

John Potter, who has led a subcommittee of the Springs Citizens Advisory Committee that has focused on the Springs-Fireplace corridor, says the county needs to consider other upgrades that will cut down on dust and debris from industrial sites, as well as better roadside buffers to improve aesthetics and improvements to the intersection with Queens Lane, which is seeing more commercial traffic, with even more likely in the future.

“That is not a compliant intersection,” he said. “There’s a lot of new development coming to that area: The school buses are going to be moving there, there’s the possibility of a new car wash, there’s a lot on the market in that area. So we will see other significant development.

“The good news,” he added, “is they are incorporating … an [Americans With Disabilities Act]-compliant 5-foot sidewalk through the commercial area on the southeast side of the roadway, and the town has asked that one be put on the northwest side, also.”

Mr. Potter met with county engineers last year when they were doing surveys of the road in advance of what was then thought to be a project that would start this spring. He applauded that the work will add better drainage and more “beefed up” shoulders, with bike lanes added to the southern half of Three Mile Harbor Road, and the northern half of Springs-Fireplace Road, connected by a transition at Abrahams Path.

The county has had plans for extensive repaving and drainage improvements to both roads—which are officially known as County Road 40 and County Road 41—for years. The work on Springs-Fireplace Road was initially supposed to begin in 2017 but has been delayed annually since then due to cost constraints and other more pressing work.

The Springs-Fireplace Road phase will put a 3-inch layer of asphalt atop the existing 80-year-old concrete roadway south of Abrahams Path and new asphalt as far north as Woodbine Drive in Springs.

The Three Mile Harbor Road phase will repave all 4.4 miles of the roadway, between North Main Street and Hog Creek Road.

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