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Sep 8, 2009 7:50 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Village scrutinizes roundabout plans

Sep 8, 2009 7:50 PM

The East Hampton Village Board of Trustees reviewed three designs for a traffic roundabout that would replace the five-way intersection at Toilsome Lane, Route 114, Buell Lane and 
the Buell Lane Extension on 
Friday, even though state funding for the project has not yet been earmarked.

The most favorable option, according to Drew Bennett, the village’s engineering consultant who presented the designs, would be a traffic circle exactly the same size as the one in North Haven at the intersection of Tyndall Road, Short Beach Road and Route 114.

Mr. Bennett has been working on a potential roundabout for the last year with the Village Board and the New York State Department of Transportation, which controls Route 114 and would fund and undertake the roundabout construction.

In July, Mr. Bennett received designs for a roundabout from the DOT, which it developed based on information and a preliminary design that Mr. Bennett had sent in April. Mr. Bennett then simulated traffic patterns with various car and truck sizes to see if any of the options were viable.

The first option was a roundabout 150 feet in diameter. The design was flawed, though, because it would encroach onto private property by approximately 25 feet at the corner of Route 114 and Toilsome Lane, beyond the small, triangular piece of land there that the village bought a year and a half ago to provide options for the intersection.

Mr. Bennett said that if the village went with the first option, large trucks would not be able to make the left turn from Route 114 onto Toilsome Lane. The second option calls for two smaller roundabouts, which Mr. Bennett said did not have many positive attributes. The third option was an adjustment of the first proposal that moved the roundabout so that it did not cross onto private property and improved the left turn for cars heading south on Route 114 and turning onto Toilsome Lane.

Mr. Bennett said that all cars would be able to navigate the circle, but large, 67-foot wheel base trucks remained a concern. He said that to allow those trucks to enter the roundabout, the center could not be raised, but would consist of either painted pavement or brick or tile.

“I’m not in favor of it. I see problems with fire trucks,” said Village Trustee David Brown, who also serves in the East Hampton Fire Department. The board decided that Mr. Brown would take Mr. Bennett to the North Haven roundabout for a test run in one of the department’s trucks before the next meeting.

Village Trustee Barbara Borsack said that if the village went forward with a roundabout, it could designate alternate routes for emergency vehicles, if necessary.

Mayor Paul Rickenbach and Village Administrator Larry Cantwell recently met with representatives from the DOT in Riverhead to lobby for funding in the state’s five-year capital budget. Mr. Rickenbach said that he requested that the DOT include the roundabout and improvements to Route 27 in its budget.

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Its desperatly needed. That is a very dangerous intersection. Question is where can we get the money to do it.
By razza5350 (1898), East Hampton on Sep 8, 09 11:11 AM
I HOPE CAREFUL CONSIDERATION IS MADE WHEN THIS ROUNDABOUT IS CONSTRUCTED . NOT RUIN THE BEAUTY OF THE IMMEDIATE SURROUNDING AREA . IT SHOULD BE AS SMALL AS POSSIBLE AND ALL COMMERCIAL TRUCKING BE ROUTED AWAY FROM THE ROUNDABOUT COMPLETELY .
I WATCH TRACTOR TRAILERS AND LARGE COMMERCIAL TRUCKS TRY TO NAVIGATE THE ROUNDABOUT AT SCUTTLE HOLE AND MITCHEL RDS. IN BRIDGEHAMPTON AND DRIVE ALL OVER THE BRICKWORK AND LANDSCAPING .
THINK CAREFULLY !!
By ELECTRICUTIONER (65), east islip/montauk on Sep 10, 09 8:29 PM