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Town Of Southampton Addresses Morning Congestion Along County Road 39

Nicole Barylski

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The intersection at County Road 39 and Montauk Highway is often backed up during the morning commute. (Courtesy Photo)

At some point of time in your life, if you live, work or visit the East End, chances are you've been caught in traffic on County Road 39.

Well for those of you that make the morning commute to the Hamptons regularly, the Town of Southampton is hoping to make your drive a little bit better. Commuters whose route travels through Southampton have voiced frustration that the stretch along County Road 39 typically adds 45 to 60 minutes to their drive, especially when the "trade parade" comes to the East End between March and June, as the race to complete job sites for the summer begins. The Town plans to address those concerns with a trial program this spring along County Road 39 that will test a new traffic pattern.

The pilot program will take place on Tuesday, April 19th, Wednesday, April 20th and Thursday, April 21st between 6 and 9 a.m. During which, the traffic light at the intersection of Tuckahoe Road and County Road 39 will be replaced with a blinking light. Traffic heading south on Tuckahoe Road will be unable to turn left from Tuckahoe Road onto County Road 39, while traffic traveling north on Tuckahoe Road will be unable to turn left onto County Road 39. The pilot will also ban traffic on Tuckahoe Road from crossing County Road 39.

County traffic engineers think that by altering the traffic light from a stop light to a caution light, the program may reduce stop and go traffic patterns along County Road 39, which could significantly reduce traffic. The initial test will help engineers assess the situation and determine if a more permanent change could alleviate some of the morning congestion along County Road 39.

"If we can cut at least ten minutes off a morning commute it may be worth it," noted Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.

The pilot program was approved by the Southampton Town Board at its March 22nd. The Town will work along with the County during the trial, with the goal of alleviating traffic issues during the morning commute.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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Guest (Jack Lillywhite) from Southampotnq says::
Hill Street is there for a reason.
Mar 26, 2016 6:20 pm

Guest (Robert Gatto) from Hampton Bays says::
For years I have dealt with morning traffic backing up to my door by the Hampton Bays High School do to the traffic along CR39. The expansion of CR39 to 4 lanes did help but did not allow for a shoulder and the lanes appear too narrow. Unfortunately they continue to close access to roads north of CR39 causing all traffic to stay on CR39. They will now be making my only access to Northsea via Sandy Hollow rd. That intersection is extremely dangerous. While stopped for light, tractor trailers pass at 55+mph. The best solution would be to open all access roads north of CR39 and enforce speed limit. Within two weeks traffic will be running smoothly, but for the first two weeks many speeding tickets will be handed out.
Mar 25, 2016 8:13 am


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