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May 23, 2017 9:56 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Major Eastbound Backups Following County Road 39 Accident Tuesday Morning

An accident on County Road 39 in Shinnecock Hills on Tuesday morning had traffic backed up to Hampton Bays.
Jul 19, 2017 12:03 PM

The eastbound lanes of County Road 39 and Sunrise Highway were backed up to Hampton Bays following an accident near Southampton Masonry in Shinnecock Hills.

At 9:30 a.m., the rightmost lane of the main thoroughfare was still blocked by a Southampton Town Police vehicle and a Rapid Recovery wrecker. The wrecker had a Nissan Versa loaded onto it with a significant amount of damage to the front end.

Town Police did not have details on the accident, because the computer systems were down.

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Don't worry - the new trolley is going to take care of all this
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 23, 17 10:01 AM
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Texting Fairy???
By knitter (1940), Southampton on May 23, 17 10:31 AM
Are we up to one accident per day on this stretch yet?
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on May 23, 17 10:35 AM
When you see front ends smashed up like that it's usually that drivers fault (texting, tailgating). I wish it was more enforced.
By lirider (288), Hampton Bays on May 23, 17 12:21 PM
Would be nice if the police worked to clear roadways more quickly rather than write tickets or continue accident reports while blocking an entire lane. Perhaps a few locations where the shoulder is widened to allow for pulling off? Sometimes I think the Troopers enjoy the roadblocks. This accident occurred shortly after 8 am, yet at 9:30 the road is still blocked? At least the pickup that the red car had rear ended had enough sense to pull off of the highway. Maybe the officer wanted a couple OT ...more
By Mouthampton (438), Southampton on May 23, 17 12:36 PM
The road is still blocked because there were injuries involved. And on your other point i don't think its fair to ask a police officer to commit to memory what the scene of the accident looks like for when he does his diagram as part of his report just for your convince. And while i am at it, shift change is earlier than 8am at all departments, so no overtime. As for the fact that there is NO shoulder, take that up with the town.
By whp (21), East Quogue on May 23, 17 1:49 PM
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Nope. Take that up with the feds. In order to construct CR39 with shoulders & sidewalks they needed to obtain right of way from all properties along the highway. There wasn't enough time to do that. So what you see is what could be built & paid for in the time frame available.
By East End 2 (151), Southampton on May 23, 17 3:47 PM
While you are likely correct about the exception to standards, the fact remains that no safety improvements have been made in over 10 years. That should have been ample time to make improvements. All those who took a bow for the quick construction then failed us all by not following through and ensuring the safest road possible. BTW I don't count changing the timing of traffic lights as a safety improvement.
By TheTurtle (143), Southampton on Jul 24, 17 5:42 PM
I've always thought the speed limit on County Road 39 through Shinnecock should be reduced to about 60.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on May 23, 17 1:05 PM
the state law is 55 mph on the Sunrise hwy. and after the lobster inn it is 35 mph. Signs are there, nobody follows them.
By whp (21), East Quogue on May 23, 17 1:42 PM
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This will all be eliminated by the Trolley and the additional trains. I understand the Town Supervisor is now working on a fleet of flying commuter pigs.
By HB Proud (889), Hampton Bays on May 23, 17 2:18 PM
The Shirley-to-Boston Causeway will be completed by the Fourth of July, so CR 39 congestion will be substantially reduced, when those pigs fly.

Google "27east Shirley Boston Causeway" for previous posts and project parameters. The offshore wind farms and LI Sound tidal surge power stations are a bonus, and can be seen in the dense fog off Montauk if you stare real hard.

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle !!!
By Nero (301), Sag Harbor on May 23, 17 3:11 PM
For instance the 7/26/12 comment here:


CR39 closed for 6 hours!

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle !!!
By Nero (301), Sag Harbor on May 23, 17 3:21 PM
The Great Peconic Causeway is a less ambitious project and is slated to be the 'pilot' project for this ambitious scheme. It is rumored that Major Zeldin has included it as a priority project in the upcoming budget and infrastructure plans. It is said he has a lot of "pull" with Trump.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on May 24, 17 7:56 AM
Police car billboards. Made me slow down. Maybe even a real police car. Duh!
By sleightjames (8), east quogue on May 24, 17 4:01 AM
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How about enforcing the 35 MPH speed limit on 39? Who cares if there's no shoulder, the police should pull the speeder over , back up traffic to hell and back if necessary. For the most part The folks coming from up west drive like a bunch of lunatics and need to be controlled.
By bigfresh (4655), north sea on May 24, 17 5:53 AM
They dont want to enforce the speed limit as the amount of traffic is a big issue, so they want it to move along. Its a County Road the Town had little say in it. It never should have been allowed as the amount of traffic has increased due to it and its ruined alot of peoples quality of life especially in North Sea Noyac along Noyac Road. Try doing close to the speed limit on Noyac Road and see whose riding your butt.
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on May 24, 17 6:08 AM
The lower the posted speed limit, the greater the cost of the ticket.

It's all about the money. Rumor has it most speeding tickets end up being parking tickets anyway.
By Mr. Z (11814), North Sea on May 24, 17 6:20 AM
There have been zero safety improvements to CR39 since the illegal widening. Over the 10 years gradual improvements could have been made. The supposed "safety" bureaucrats make $100 k per year and we have gotten Jack $h!t for the million we've spent over the 10 years. Our tax money gets pi$$ed away on bureaucrats who do nothing and get padded retirements at our expense. Because accidents get blamed on bad driving rather than zero safety iniatives there is no accountability. Demand accountability ...more
By TheTurtle (143), Southampton on May 24, 17 10:02 PM
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I must add that I witnessed a rollover on CR39 that never made the news. Evidently if there is no major traffic problem, it is no longer worthy of reporting. So things are worse than you think.
BTW . . . SNAFU means Situation Normal All F.U.
Demand road improvements and enforcement!
By TheTurtle (143), Southampton on May 24, 17 10:19 PM