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Aug 15, 2016 3:37 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

County Will Seek Bids On Riverside Traffic Circle Work Next Month; Renovations Slated To Begin In Spring

The Riverside traffic cirlce
Aug 16, 2016 2:58 PM

Those eagerly awaiting the renovation of the Riverside traffic circle will have to remain a tad more patient.

After originally estimating that they could start work on the $5 million project this fall, Suffolk County officials recently announced that the actual widening of the circle now will not begin until the spring—though the bidding process to select a contractor for the work should start next month.

Once a bid is awarded—a step that is expected to happen this fall—the county will then finalize plans to widen the circle, which will be transformed into an oval and be expanded from one lane to two lanes, according to Suffolk County Communications Director Scott Martella.

“It is definitely moving along,” Mr. Martella said. “We have appropriated the money in 2016, and we had always made it our intention after that last approval was made to begin construction in 2017.”

Plans for the revised version of the roundabout were finished in November 2014. In addition to having a second lane, the new circle will feature new crosswalks and sidewalks, as well as new drainage and landscaping.

The plan was authorized the same month that Southampton Town voters signed off on a land swap that deeded one-sixth of an acre of parkland on the northwest side of the circle, near the Peconic River, to the county to allow for the intersection’s widening.

Most of the money for the work, or $4 million, was allocated in the county’s 2016 capital budget. The other $1 million will come from the county’s 2017 capital budget.

The renovation project will take roughly 18 months to complete, meaning it should be finished in late 2018 if ground is broken in the spring. The traffic circle will remain open to vehicular traffic during the work.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said he is happy that the long-awaited renovation is moving forward, noting that it will be a difficult undertaking due to the volume of traffic and the complexity of the work that must be completed.

“The money is all in place,” he added.

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Work will begin just in time to totally disrupt the pre-Memorial Day traffic rush.
By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Aug 15, 16 11:28 PM
If it ain't broke, don't fix it! :/
By Jaws (245), Amity Island on Aug 25, 16 11:36 PM