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Jul 31, 2013 10:08 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Pylons Installed To Slow Traffic On Noyac Road

Jul 31, 2013 10:08 AM

Yellow plastic pylons that were placed along the double yellow line on a stretch of Noyac Road in Noyac are part of an experiment by the Southampton Town Highway Department to slow down traffic on the curve, which passes a local church.

Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor said that residents and churchgoers have been asking for some measures to slow down traffic in the area for years. The roadway is a 30 mph zone, while most of the rest of Noyac Road is 40 mph.

The 25 pylons, each about 4 feet high, divide the roadway. Mr. Gregor said the intention is to create a little "friction" for drivers that will instinctively make them slow down some.

As of Monday, two of the pylons had already been broken off by cars.

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Just saw these. Well done Mr. Gregor!

Ditto for the new speed-reading radar signs.

Simple inexpensive mini-solutions which are already having a calming effect.


By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jul 31, 13 10:36 AM
Nice idea. I give them another couple of weeks before they all disappear. This road needs STOP signs. Even if everyone just taps their brakes, it will slow things down. By the way, the speed limit on Noyac is 35-25 mph, not 40.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Jul 31, 13 12:57 PM
Isn't the west end by the fire house 40?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jul 31, 13 1:35 PM

With proper LEADERSHIP at all levels of Town government, this could be accomplished easily.

Perhaps the November Ejections are a good time to make some progress . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jul 31, 13 4:09 PM
Is there hope that Kabot and Co. can do better?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 31, 13 4:16 PM
crews will be there weekly replacing them...
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Jul 31, 13 1:34 PM
They've actually been up for about a week IMO. And easier to replace pylons that human beings . . .

Pylons yes -- pile-ons no.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jul 31, 13 1:37 PM
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i think Noyac Rd is the least of the problems. 39 has bigger issues. People are driving too fast everywhere. This works til you have to swerve for a deer or til the snow comes.Good try but dont see it being there long.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Jul 31, 13 2:18 PM
39 has much larger problems for sure! Either widen it right w a divider and shoulders etc or turn it back to 2 lanes. It's a death trap..all well and good "if people drive the speed limit" but guess what, THEY DON'T
By sandydog21 (195), Southampton on Jul 31, 13 5:32 PM
Its a election year................ok.The highway dept has time for this but the catch basins are full of water breeding mosquitoes no time drain them,You are learning the ropes Alex
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Jul 31, 13 6:51 PM
Just went through- works very well!!
By Spikeland67 (25), Sag Harbor on Jul 31, 13 8:46 PM
I don't mind the dividers during the week, but on weekends when you are sharing the road with bike riders, it make things very, very dangerous.
By peacemaker (23), Sag Harbor on Jul 31, 13 11:30 PM
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I for one do not like the dividers. I feel that they are more dangerous than beneficial. As a driver they encumber any maneuverability one might need. There is no need to have them there 24/7 for the church. I still think its better for them to put out their red cones and have a flag man there when they have services. There is no need to otherwise inconvenience others at non service periods. Otherwise that stretch of road is no more dangerous than other parts of Noyac road. Certainly it should not ...more
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Aug 1, 13 12:52 PM
The need for "maneuverability" rises with increased speed, so perhaps a much lower speed limit is also needed here, similar to a school zone? 20 MPH for this stretch should not be a problem IMO.

Also, the curves on this stretch of road are tighter and smaller, which creates limited visibility down the road, especially for drivers exceeding the speed limit. Again, a lower speed limit would help this factor as well.

It may have come to this . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 1, 13 1:04 PM
1) Maneuverability: Has nothing to do with speed but with debris, or joggers, or bike riders that must be accommodated. Not being able to drive around these is likely more dangerous than just slowing down. If it is not a school zone, why a special speed limit?
2) Curves: That's a stretch to claim that the curves there are any worse than other parts of that road. Please.

3) That road is no longer the bucolic road of yesteryear, unfortunately. Its a major thoroughfare for points East ...more
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Aug 1, 13 1:30 PM
Agreed, which is why I can't understand why people jog on this road. You might as well go jog on the BQE.
By Brian Bailey (36), Southampton on Aug 1, 13 5:40 PM