Southampton mayor wants traffic study done on County Road 39

Mayor Jesse Warren says he has implemented several changes to cut down traffic in his village and now he wants the county to help keep cars moving on the busy road.

News 12 Staff

Sep 22, 2022, 2:36 AM

Updated 668 days ago

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The mayor of Southampton is calling on Suffolk County to help ease traffic on County Road 39, which serves as a main route to and from the Hamptons.
Mayor Jesse Warren says he has implemented several changes to cut down traffic in his village and now he wants the county to help keep cars moving on the busy road.
"This has been a long time problem, but it's been exacerbated even worse with many more people living in the Hamptons," Warren says.
He says traffic from the main road is spilling onto side streets in the village of Southampton. He has teamed up with the Town of Southampton to deploy traffic officers and use flashing yellow lights to keep cars going.
Warren wants Suffolk County to do a traffic study on County Road 39 from Hampton Bays to the community of Water Mill.
"This traffic on County Route 39 then ends up flowing in the village and many of these cars will end up taking side streets into the village," Warren says. "And our village side streets then become a highway, which is what we're trying to avoid."
The mayor says cars could flow faster if some green lights were extended, but some who live in the village say traffic is something everyone who lives in the area needs to get used to.
"There's more people here, more cars, and you only have a finite amount of road space so what can you do?," says Alexandra Halitsky, of Southampton.
News 12 reached to to Suffolk County about the proposed traffic study but have not heard back as of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.


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