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May 24, 2019 4:56 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Crosswalk Lights Go Live In Montauk And Amagansett

A new crosswalk, with lighted sign, in front of the Amagansett School.
May 28, 2019 9:51 AM

Electricians were out adjusting new blinking lights at pedestrian crossings in East Hampton Town last week in the days leading up to Memorial Day weekend.

Although the crossing signs were completed earlier this year, the lights were switched on only about a week ago. Since then, flashing yellow beacons—which run the perimeter of diamond-shaped signs bearing a picture of a stick-figure walker, and also above arrows pointing down to the crosswalks—have been blinking continuously or periodically even when there are no pedestrians.

That situation has left some drivers complaining that the lights are overkill and confusing, encouraging drivers to simply ignore them.

“There have been very many comments about it,” acknowledged Laraine Creegan of the Chamber of Commerce in Montauk, where the new crosswalks on Main Street welcome visitors starting at western end of the downtown area.

The lights are not supposed to blink continuously, according to Joanne Pilgrim, executive assistant to East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, who said there were electricians out adjusting them, working their way east, on Thursday, May 23. When they work properly, the lights, called a “rectangular rapid flashing beacon system,” will be activated only when cameras “see” a pedestrian about to enter the street.

Initiated under former Supervisor Larry Cantwell, the project was partially funded by a $250,000 state grant and stalled by weather, budgeting and other issues. Four crosswalks were originally planned, but a redesign made it possible to add another two for approximately the same cost, with the town picking up the balance of a $386,249 tab.

Three of the crosswalks are on Montauk’s Main Street, two are on Amagansett’s Main Street, and one is on Montauk Highway in Amagansett in front of that hamlet’s IGA.

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Thanks Town Board for the safety improvement.
By fusioncontusion (13), East Hampton on May 27, 19 8:46 PM
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