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Feb 2, 2011 10:41 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

New Lane For County Road 39 Could Come This Fall

Feb 2, 2011 10:41 AM

A project to widen a stretch of County Road 39 in Southampton, originally expected to begin in the fall of 2010, has been delayed at least a year while Suffolk County awaits approval from the State Department of Transportation, according to County Legislator Jay Schneiderman and County Department of Public Works Commissioner Gilbert Anderson.

The roadwork, which would add a second eastbound lane to the 1.5-mile stretch between North Sea Road and Montauk Highway, is being held up because of a lack of state funds, the county officials said this week. The newest expected start date for the roughly $3.5 million project is fall 2011, with a possible further push-back to spring 2012.

“The state’s been dragging its heels,” Mr. Schneiderman said this week. “The holdup has not been on the county side, it’s been on the state side.”

Officials were hesitant to say when the approval might come. “Your guess is as good as mine—I really don’t know,” Mr. Anderson said. “We’re hoping to get it soon.”

Mr. Schneiderman said he would have preferred the project also include an additional westbound lane, which could potentially help in the event of an emergency evacuation. Such an undertaking would be too costly at this time, he said, largely because it would require using eminent domain to seize roadside property from private owners. The Department of Public Works, however, championed the addition of a second eastbound lane to help ease traffic congestion, since two eastbound lanes bottleneck into one lane at the 7-Eleven at the intersection of North Sea Road.

The heavily trafficked span would also receive re-striping and resurfacing and minor drainage improvements, as originally planned, the officials said. The funding breakdown would also still have approximately 80 percent coming from federal funds, and the remaining 20 percent coming from the county, they said.

Mr. Schneiderman called the plans “a positive step,” but added, “It’s just not the ultimate configuration for County Road 39. We have grander plans to widen the road to two lanes in both directions and have a beautified road with sidewalks and a center median. But that would be a $70 million project, and we don’t have the funding. But that plan is still out there.”

This is at least the second time the project has been delayed because of a lack of funding. The project was postponed from spring to fall last year because of a delay in the receipt of expected federal funding.

Once work begins, it is expected to take approximately four to five months, weather permitting.

“If there’s subfreezing weather with a gazillion inches of snow, who knows?” Mr. Anderson quipped.

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All this will do is push the backup further east to the intersection with Hampton Road.
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Feb 3, 11 9:23 AM
Actually you're right on with Pele's concern for traffic in the hampton's, have seen him in Montauk on several occasions. I believe he has a place in Amagansett.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Feb 5, 11 2:02 PM
both points well taken. what about the poor business on cr39. You put a median in and you put half of them out of business. Just to get them another mile down the road. Wake up Mr. Schniedermen. STOP with the idea of a median.
By fish sticks (53), hampton bays on Feb 3, 11 3:49 PM
At 70 million it is a long way off if ever.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Feb 5, 11 2:03 PM
Maybe Mark Goldberg should think about moving the bagel store across the street were the new 7 11 wants to go. This opportunity might not be there after the median goes in. This way people will be able to still get there in the morning. His choice, thats what free enterprise is about.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Feb 3, 11 6:22 PM
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Free enterprise is about building a median that puts a mom and pop out of business?
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Feb 4, 11 11:54 AM
To No Progressever , No its about choices and strategy not protectionism
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Feb 4, 11 6:35 PM
Maybe Mr Ed Broidy should concentrate on getting some new tenants for the OTB shopping center before it gets harder instead of trying to redesign Love La
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Feb 3, 11 6:25 PM
It's not Broidy's anymore. Hasn't been for quite some time.

Ben Krupinski took it over. Where have you been?

By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Feb 3, 11 7:13 PM
I wish
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Feb 4, 11 6:36 PM
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By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Feb 5, 11 12:01 AM
Awww, come on.

That was funny!
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Feb 5, 11 5:36 PM
I'm just saying....
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Feb 3, 11 6:25 PM
... that road needs shoulders on both sides of the street. Forget the center median - a waste of space. Get real with the "emergency evacuation" thing Schneiderman - don't insult our intelligence. I suggest you get all the money needed and do it right, the first, I mean second, time.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Feb 4, 11 7:31 AM
Wise man also say:

"Do it once, do it right. To do it twice, easily costs three times as much."
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Feb 5, 11 12:02 AM
Maybe the money to fund stupid crap like this could go to better things such as help for the seniors and disabled who get screwed on a daily basis by the gov. Maybe a little budget to get gangs, druggies, drunk drivers and illegals off the streets?
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on Feb 5, 11 7:39 AM
By druggies do you mean cigarette smokers?
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Feb 5, 11 2:05 PM
I agree we should be doing more to help out seniors and k through 12 students with locale money
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Feb 5, 11 2:29 PM
The lack of shoulders along there is scary. Trying to turn off into Shinnecock Hardware or any of those stores can be heart stopping. Slowing down to turn is not always possible with someone running up behind you not honoring your turning signal. I've had to dart off at unsafe speeds or give up trying to get off along there. Getting back onto the highway is hair-raising too because there's no shoulder to poke the car's nose into and then accelerate from. It's "floor it" from off the highway or don't ...more
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Feb 7, 11 9:38 AM
Widening 27 has so far resulted in higher speeds, more accidents and more fatalities, yet the mindless ribbon of superhighway presses slowly forward. And back when business was good, even the expansion wasn't capable of handling the seasonal traffic.

Just wait till it hits Water Mill ...
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Feb 7, 11 4:12 PM
And the stats to back up "higher speeds, more accidents and more fatalities" is where?

dnice is right - I think people have forgotten how slow and tortourus the commute was before the road was widened
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Feb 9, 11 3:43 PM
Do any of you remember how bad the morning commute was before they widened the highway? Drivers need to exercise caution and stick to the speed limit, but hey, let's blame the road.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Feb 7, 11 4:40 PM
they remember alot of them liked it that way. The longer the wait the fewer people will come. They think since they were here first its there birth right.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Feb 7, 11 6:51 PM
You can see, the highway creep east. Water Mill Main St will be the clog unless they condem the green. The "planners" loosely, should have created a bypass like the north fork. They have the highway and the local road. The LIRR is lightly used and the right of way is 66ft, that should be taken over and used to create a two lane truck route, which would take alot of traffic off the roadways. That would be planning.
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Feb 8, 11 6:45 AM