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Aug 20, 2014 10:19 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Board Approves Land Swap For Riverside Traffic Project

Aug 20, 2014 11:05 AM

The Southampton Town Board heard no objections last week to the swapping of a piece of town-owned parkland in Riverside for another that’s owned by Suffolk County, an exchange needed to pave the way for an expansion of the hamlet’s traffic circle. The proposal will now be presented to the voters via referendum this fall.

Because the town’s parcel, which borders the northwest corner of the traffic circle, was purchased as parkland and with Community Preservation Fund money, the land swap will have to be approved by town voters. The State Legislature has already given its required approval to the exchange.

The town will be giving up about 7,500 square feet of land, or about one-sixth of an acre, and receive about 15,300 square feet of land, or about one-third of an acre, from Suffolk County. Both lots front on the Southampton Town side of the Peconic River.

If the exchange is approved by Southampton Town voters in November, the county will utilize the former town property as part of its long-discussed plans to widen the existing traffic circle to two lanes and also reconfigure its approaches. Engineers say the shift will improve the flow of traffic through the chronically congested five-way intersection.

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