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Apr 30, 2014 9:46 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Verizon To Expedite Noyac Road Work

May 1, 2014 4:48 PM

UPDATE, Thursday, 11:30 a.m.

A Verizon spokesman said that the company will be expediting the Noyac Road project and will have its lines relocated by Memorial Day Weekend. The six remaining poles will be moved sometime after that.

Work crews from the company were on scene working on splicing in new lines hung from the four new poles installed on the south side of the roadway on Thursday morning.

Original Story:

Southampton Town contractors were prepared to begin work next week on the realignment of Noyac Road where it passes Cromer’s Market and the Whalebone General Store, but the plans have been put on hold, perhaps for as long as two months, by delays in the related relocation of utility poles and phone lines owned by Verizon.

Verizon’s crews halted the preparatory work they had been doing to move their poles and phone lines last week, called away by emergency repairs to fiber-optic cables elsewhere in the region, according to Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor. He said the phone company told him that it could be late June before crews are free again to complete the work in Noyac.

“I told them that is unacceptable,” said Mr. Gregor, who also penned a letter to Verizon execs decrying the “unprofessionalism” of the company’s approach. “They have known about this project for three years—we gave all the utilities a schedule months ago, and everyone else got their portion done.”

If the phone company cannot move its equipment until well into June, Mr. Gregor said, the project may have to be put on hold until after the summer.

Early this week, large flashing signs began warning motorists on the busy bypass of the impending road work, and the traffic congestion it will likely cause as lanes are shifted. The work was to have gotten under way by May 5 and was expected to take two months to complete, with hopes of wrapping up by the July 4 holiday week and the eight-week deluge of traffic it brings.

The utility has to move its lines and was left the responsibility of moving five utility poles that held both power lines and phone lines. The lines used by PSEG Long Island have already been relocated to the south side of the existing roadway, where the new traffic lanes will be laid whenever the project gets started.

The project, after years of debate, is to shift the roadway, softening the curve that passes the two popular storefronts and creating a parking area in front of them that is separated from traffic lanes by a broad concrete curb.

Since taking office in 2010, Mr. Gregor has made the project a high priority. He battled frequently over the designs for the work with area residents and the owners of the two stores, as well as with Town Board members, until a version agreeable to all sides was finally settled on last fall.

The project is slated to cost approximately $522,000, and was awarded to Delalio Coal & Stone last August. In his letter to Verizon, which he also sent to U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, Mr. Gregor noted that the phone company has already dedicated its time and equipment to the project for the next two months.

Mr. Gregor said this week that delaying the work by weeks or, potentially, months just continues the hazard that the old roadway design creates, which has been exacerbated in recent weeks by more vehicles using Noyac Road to bypass the traffic delays caused by repaving on Montauk Highway.

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Well said, Mr. Gregor, about Verizon bailing out on this project for a month or two.

“I told them that is unacceptable,” said Mr. Gregor, who also penned a letter to Verizon execs decrying the “unprofessionalism” of the company’s approach. “They have known about this project for three years, we gave all the utilities a schedule months ago and everyone else got their portion done.”
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 30, 14 10:17 AM
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“I told them that is unacceptable,”

I'm sure that rattled them.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 30, 14 3:53 PM
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Verizon is back on the job, albeit with limited manpower.

Draw your own conclusions about being rattled and mere bureaucratic power . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 1, 14 12:27 PM
Verizon has two trucks there this morning working on the slice vaults up on the new lines.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 1, 14 11:42 AM
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Article updated.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 1, 14 12:00 PM
Verizon says their lines will be relocated by Memorial Day weekend, which actually starts 3 weeks from today, on Thursday May 22nd.

They are not exactly throwing a lot of manpower at this project. With 6-8 trucks there, the splicing work could be done by the end of next week, easy.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 1, 14 12:11 PM
Do you know how I solved the issue of backing out of Cromer's?

I would always back up into the parking space, and pull out into traffic...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 1, 14 10:54 PM
Gotta be quick on the draw to back in.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on May 1, 14 11:06 PM
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Very seasoned professional. Also, the use of hazards (four ways) is instrumental in the process. Driving really seems to be a lost art these days. We really do have some of the absolute worst drivers I've ever seen out here, especially during the "season".
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 1, 14 11:13 PM
Safer to pull into the side lot -- always -- even if it means parking down a ways.

No matter how carefully you park in front of the stores, you are a sitting duck.

Does it matter to a dead duck if it was hit in the front or rear?

Quack me up!
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 2, 14 6:12 AM
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The 6/26/13 article discusses the design, although I can't find a PDF of the plan on the Town site. The Noyac Civic Council's Facebook site has a PDF plan in a post from 7/30/13. I believe this is Plan 7A Option 1, which was approved. Perhaps an earlier article here had the PDF also?

In any event, the traffic may get safer, but it will be slower and more congested IMO.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 2, 14 6:41 AM
Yes, and more speed-reading radar electronic signs similar to the ones from last summer.

They should also consider lowering the speed limit from Long Beach to Trout Pond to 25 MPH and enforce it.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 2, 14 8:27 AM
Six Verizon trucks there today.

Memorial Day weekend starts 2 weeks from today.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 9, 14 12:24 PM
Hopefully Mr. Gregor is planning on adding signage at each end of this new roadway, warning of the new traffic patterns.

A reduction in the speed limit from Long Beach to Trout Pond would also help, for at least a few weeks after completion of the work.

Traffic control officers, and a few LEO's may also be necessary for the first few days? Have you notice the crazy driving recently?

East Hampton's proposed speed signs would also be a good investment here IMO:

By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 13, 14 5:31 PM
The new signs are more sophisticated:


If you are going the speed limit +/-, the existing signs on Noyac Road do not light up (which is not productive IMO).
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 13, 14 6:57 PM
Verizon has finished its work on the poles and has removed all but three of the old ones. The underground vault areas (E/W) are not finished, but the project can proceed with curb work, grading and paving after the poles are removed.

The parking are in front of Cromers still needs some work, but maybe this will be done after the roadwork across the street, so traffic can be diverted to the new lanes?

Well done, Verizon.
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