Residents angry over traffic circle delays

East End residents are angry over a delay in the reconstruction of a busy traffic circle that they say is critical to the revitalization of

The Riverside traffic circle is located in Southampton just south of the Peconic River.

The Riverside traffic circle is located in Southampton just south of the Peconic River. (5/20/15)

RIVERSIDE - East End residents are angry over a delay in the reconstruction of a busy traffic circle that they say is critical to the revitalization of their community.

The Riverside traffic circle is located in Southampton just south of the Peconic River. The facelift would increase traffic capacity, decrease the amount of traffic jams and make way for community-revitalization funds.

Suffolk County now says that it has a shortage of manpower in the Department of Public Works, and that the job would not be able to start until 2018. It also places blame on budget constraints.

Southampton leaders say the traffic circle improvements are a critical component of redevelopment in Riverside. They say that $4 million in upgrades were approved last year by the state and Southampton voters.

The upgrades include widening the circle to an oval shape with two lanes - instead of one - to ease traffic congestion, in addition to ensuring that there are four points of entry instead of five.

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst says she plans to meet next week with the county executive's office to try to convince them to not further delay the project.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The committee that oversees Nassau's bus system voted 1 Committee votes against NICE Bus service cuts
A public hearing will be held about the 2 Hempstead IDA announces public hearing on mall tax break
In this Feb. 20, 2012 photo, U.S. Sen. 3 Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn of Ohio has died at 95
Building condos on the Indian Hills Country Club 4 Residents debate Fort Salonga housing proposal
Daniel Flowers is described by his family as 5 Police search for suspect in deadly Hempstead shooting

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Need help this holiday season? We've got you Holiday Help Series

Need a gift idea? Perhaps you need a fun idea to do with the kids?

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE