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Jun 23, 2015 5:29 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

State Fixes St. Andrew's Road Traffic Light

The relatively new traffic light at the corner of St. Andrews Road and Montauk Highway is confusing some motorists. RENA THOMAS
Jun 24, 2015 8:27 AM

Plans are in motion to improve the effectiveness of a traffic light on the corner of St. Andrews Road and Montauk Highway just outside Southampton Village.

According to Tom Neely, Southampton Town’s director of transportation and traffic safety, a number of residents have contacted his office saying drivers regularly blow through the stoplight, which was installed last July.

Mr. Neely said the reason may be a blinking yellow caution light in front of the Southampton Fire Department’s Shinnecock substation, which is about 50 feet away from the stoplight on St. Andrews Road: Motorists might notice the flashing yellow light and miss the traffic signal a short distance away. Mr. Neely said he had informed the State Department of Transportation, or DOT, about those concerns previously.

The DOT’s traffic engineers investigated the safety concerns about the stoplight, and its signal maintenance crew was dispatched last week to repair the light, which was apparently twisted and less visible. That light is now properly aligned.

In addition, louvers, which are like venetian blinds, on the flashing yellow firehouse signal will be replaced with ones that are angled differently, according to Eileen Peters, a spokeswoman for the DOT. This will help prevent motorists’ confusion about the flashing yellow signal by reducing its visibility. That in turn should make the St. Andrews Road signal more visible.

The DOT expects traffic signal contractors to complete this work within a couple of weeks.

The Southampton Town Police Department said that if there were complaints they would handle them through traffic law enforcement, but that there have not been any reported or recorded accidents at that location within the past year, nor have there been any recorded formal complaints to the police about the stoplight’s safety.

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Its not that it is hard to see, or the yellow lights a the there fire house are distracting. Its a frivolous place to put a light, and no one expects it. People have been driving that route there whole lives, suddenly for no apparent reason a stop light appears. Of course its going to take a while to adjust.
By Corwin1879 (40), Southampton on Jun 24, 15 8:31 AM