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Oct 7, 2009 12:32 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village installing a crosswalk at Windmill and Jagger lanes

Oct 7, 2009 12:32 PM

Construction crews began work on installing a handicapped-accessible crosswalk connecting Windmill and Jagger lanes in Southampton Village on September 30.

The crosswalk, which will cost $500 to install, will be completed this week, said Gary Goleski, the village highway department superintendent.

The two curb cuts on either side of the crosswalk will meet the grade of Windmill Lane evenly, Mr. Goleski explained. This feature makes the crosswalk handicapped accessible.

Once completed, Mr. Goleski said that drivers will have to slow down and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk, like any other in New York State.

Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley said that a letter from Southampton Press publisher Joseph Louchheim detailing how dangerous the intersection is spurred the Village Board to build the crosswalk. The village’s most recent master plan also called for the crosswalk. “It was a relatively easy issue to accomplish,” Mr. Epley said.

He added that in the near future the village will install another crosswalk on Windmill Lane, this one closer to Nugent Street.

Mr. Epley added that the $500 price tag for each crosswalk does not include the labor and insurance costs, as the village Department of Public Works is building the crosswalks, and the village already pays the crews’ salaries and insurance. He said the $500 mainly covers the cost of the materials.

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"$500 to install?" You must be joking, Gary, or this is a typo, or the reporter got it wrong. $5,000 if you are lucky IMO. Please keep track of all labor time, material costs, overtime costs, medical benefits for labor, retirement costs (including medical) for labor, etc..

Please include police time to handle traffic during construction, contingencies for insurance issues (negligence during construction, design defects, negligence after construction, etc.), and so forth.

$500?
By PBR (4917), Southampton on Oct 1, 09 4:05 PM
You can't even get a lightbulb changed in this town for $500!

This is why we're millions in debt.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Oct 2, 09 9:27 AM
Anyone who has tried to cross there knows, this is an excellent idea; why quibble about the cost?
By SamIAm (35), hampton bays on Oct 2, 09 6:55 PM
I don't see any comments disagreeing with this. I think the point is money is spent without the least notion of what the total costs are. First we have police cars that "usually come with lights and sirens" [see article on Dodge police cars] (never seen that, lights and sirens are always installed at the Dept's expense) and now we have $500 crosswalks. I don't think anybody is saying we don't need police cars and sidewalks, it's just discouraging that no department heads have a clear notion of ...more
By diy_guy (101), Southampton on Oct 3, 09 7:59 PM
It's a new gather area for the day laborers, so they don't kill anymore grass!!
By jonnyhampton (29), Southampton on Oct 7, 09 11:09 PM