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Apr 11, 2016 10:03 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Engineers To Collect Traffic Data In Southampton Town This Week In Preparation For County Road 39 Blinking Light Program

Apr 11, 2016 10:15 AM

Motorists in Southampton Town can expect minor delays while driving east on Sunrise Highway, County Road 39 and Montauk Highway this week, as Suffolk County Department of Public Works officials will collect traffic data in preparation for a blinking light program scheduled to take place next week.

From 5 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, county engineers will drive east in two separate vehicles on Sunrise Highway from the Shinnecock Canal through County Road 39 to where it meets with Montauk Highway, according to a press release from Southampton Town. The engineers will measure how long it takes to travel through that corridor during the morning commute.

Two DPW vehicles will also travel east on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays from Flanders Road to the Shinnecock Canal, also from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, to gauge travel time on that road as well.

All of that data will then be compared to data collected during a blinking light program scheduled to take place next week, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on April 19-21, where the traffic signal at County Road 39 and Tuckahoe Road will be switched from a tri-colored light to a blinking yellow light. It will allow traffic to travel through that intersection without stopping, but prohibit left turns onto County Road 39 from either side of Tuckahoe Road, and left turns onto Tuckahoe Road from County Road 39 in either direction.

The goal of the program is to help engineers find a permanent solution to the traffic delays experienced on County Road 39 every year, according to the release.

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Hilarious absolutely hilarious
By widow gavits (219), sag harbor on Apr 11, 16 10:43 AM
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Sunrise Highway was supposed to go to Montauk Highway as a minimum according to the original plan in the 60's. It should have been extended to Montauk originally. Now its too late and expensive to do so. No one wanted the road so now you have to deal with the consequences.
By Baymen87 (135), Lugoff, SC on Apr 11, 16 10:58 AM
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What a waste. Let's do testing during a time of year and on days when the traffic is barely existent. I'd love to know what kind of timing those trucks get on a Friday in May or June!
By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Apr 11, 16 12:37 PM
How about the ridiculous light at Rt. 24 and Bellow Pond Rd.??? It backs traffic up all the way down 24 past Red Creek Rd. and the rest area. Plus, it sends hundreds of vehicles speeding down Red Creek Rd. Someone start the light rail please!!!!!
By kkelly75 (31), Hampton Bays on Apr 11, 16 3:18 PM
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Better tell everybody what to do with a blinking light........ Seems to me that is a very dangerous proposition!!!
By sandydog21 (195), Southampton on Apr 11, 16 3:44 PM
What about the RESIDENTS who need to make a left turn onto Tuckahoe Rd, or cross 39 at that intersection with no green light?! This will back up north/south bound traffic too!!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Apr 11, 16 5:08 PM
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Those people will need to use Magee street, sending the majority of side street traffic in front of Tuckahoe School in the morning. while parents are dropping off students.
By lamm (304), Southampton on Apr 12, 16 11:27 PM
So the study on how slow traffic is will be slowed down more by those doing the test? Yep, that makes sense.
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Apr 11, 16 10:39 PM
Here, save he time and money: People will drive faster and the side streets are going to be a mess.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Apr 12, 16 7:37 AM
I'm going to save you a lot of time and money on your "study". There's too much construction, too many people and too many cars & trucks on the road.

By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Apr 12, 16 1:18 PM
Terrible idea. You are holding a community who north and south of the highest hostage to the traffic. These are our local streets it is our tax dollars that take dare of these streets. With all the deadly accidents that happen in this road, you want to help people speed through. The lights allow for people to cross and for cars to slow down. Slow down the development everywhere. And how are people living in those new condos at the corner of Tuckahoe lane suppose to traverse the roads. People need ...more
By photo friend (31), southampton on Apr 13, 16 4:57 PM
We hold this truth to be self-evident --

The existing roads can only handle so many cars at rush hour, no matter how efficiently you move them.


Perhaps the following is an idea whose time has come?

Invest NOW in the infrastructure to control the flow of traffic on 27 and 39a from the Lobster Inn to the Napeague stretch east of Amagansett. Timed traffic lights sequenced to let blocks of cars move east and west, with planned pauses for cross-traffic to ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 13, 16 5:37 PM
Anticipating the tired old response -- "JUST build a new road from the Lobster Inn to Montauk" and/or use the LIRR rail bed for a limited access highway.

Ain't gonna happen -- WAY too expensive, would take at least 5 years, if not 10, and would not work right anyway, etc. etc..

End of discussion . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 13, 16 5:40 PM