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Nov 30, 2016 10:58 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Suffolk County Allocates Another $250,000 To Riverside Traffic Circle Project

The Riverside traffic cirlce.
Nov 30, 2016 1:13 PM

More funding has been allocated for the future redesign of the Riverside traffic circle, money that will specifically be used to filter stormwater runoff from the road before it enters the Peconic River.

The project, which is now expected to start in the spring, recently received an additional $250,000 from the Suffolk County Water Quality Protection and Restoration Program and Land Stewardship Initiatives Fund. That money will be used to install modern stormwater filtration systems that use natural vegetation near the redesigned traffic circle.

The money does not include the $5 million already set aside by the county for the project that will transform the circle into an oval while also adding a second lane of traffic. That work also calls for the installation of new drainage and landscaping.

“The initial funding has already been provided for the construction project itself, an enormously complicated project,” Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming said this week. “I advocated for this additional funding in order to ensure that stormwater doesn’t go directly into the Peconic River, which feeds into the bay.”

Design plans for the traffic circle were finalized in November 2014 when Southampton Town voters approved a land swap handing over ownership of a one-sixth of an acre piece of parkland on the northwest side of the circle, near the Peconic River, to the county. The land will be cleared as part of the circle expansion.

The project was originally expected to cost $4 million, though Ms. Fleming pushed for an additional $1 million earlier this year. The entire sum has already been included as part of the county’s 2016 capital budget.

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Way to go Bridget,we in Riverside are proud of you.May I suggest it be named The Bender Circle after a great community leader mentored by Bridget and Anna in the good old days.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Nov 30, 16 4:12 PM
That's twice now that County Legislator Bridget Fleming has sought and obtained necessary additional funds for this project. Nice to be represented by someone who doesn't quit until the job is done.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Nov 30, 16 4:12 PM
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Hey watchdog1, maybe you'd rather just not have the circle, huh? Talk about finding poop in ice cream!
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Nov 30, 16 4:19 PM
Details on the change, hopefully to modern roundabout standards, would be helpful.

Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world.
The safety comes from the ‘slow and go’ operation instead of the ‘stop or go fast’ way a stop light works. The smaller size of properly designed modern roundabouts is what makes them safer and keeps speeds in the 20 mph (30 kph) range. This makes it much easier to avoid a crash or stop for pedestrians. It ...more
By ScottBatson (6), on Nov 30, 16 5:06 PM