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Jun 27, 2018 10:59 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Governor Presents $62 Million In Pedestrian Safety Upgrades

The State is implementing pedestrian safety upgrades in parts of Bridgehampton.
Jun 27, 2018 12:42 PM

Southampton Town is expected to see a portion of a $62 million plan floated recently by Governor Andrew Cuomo to improve pedestrian safety across Long Island and Upstate New York.

Southampton is expected to split $4.13 million with five other Long Island towns to improve pedestrian signal safety improvements. It wasn’t clear how much would be spent specifically in Southampton, but officials were hopeful that plans to address ongoing safety concerns in Bridgehampton would be funded.

Southampton Town Director of Public Transportation and Safety Tom Neely noted that the state has already been working with the town on pedestrian improvements in Bridgehampton. In 2016, the town received a $700,000 grant from the state with the help of State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and Senator Kenneth P. LaValle.

“We had started on [pedestrian upgrades] a little ahead of the state because of the grant fund,” Mr. Neely said.

A traffic safety plan has been in the works since November 2015, following the October death of Anna Pump, the founder of Loaves & Fishes, who was struck while walking in the crosswalk near the Bridgehampton Post Office.

Stephen Canzoneri, a public information officer with the State Department of Transportation, said additional work is taking place in Riverside, Water Mill and Sag Harbor.

According to a press release, the state conducted pedestrian safety site evaluations last year at 2,000 crosswalks without traffic signals.

In the press release, Mr. Cuomo stressed the importance of pedestrian safety: “New York is supporting eco-friendly transportation in our downtowns while enhancing pedestrian safety in all corners of the state.”

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Dump Neely. Dump Gregor.
By Draggerman (862), Southampton on Jun 28, 18 1:50 PM
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Still waiting for sidewalks on Old Country Road in East Quogue!
By crusader (390), East Quogue on Jun 29, 18 12:56 PM
Neely and Gregor are off for the summer. Greagor says not my job...
By knitter (1604), Southampton on Jul 3, 18 10:32 AM