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Jun 10, 2015 10:59 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Considers Changing Turning Rules At Flying Point Intersections

Jun 10, 2015 12:10 PM

After receiving multiple complaints, Southampton Town officials plan to change the turning rules for cars at Flying Point Road and Diamon Court in Water Mill.

According to Director of Transportation Tom Neely, drivers have been using Diamon Court and Mill Farm Lane in Southampton as a shortcut when rush hour traffic builds up on Flying Point, Seven Ponds and Upper Seven Ponds roads in the morning. He said the problems is that Diamon Court is not designed to handle so many cars, many of which are speeding and causing more congestion on the main roads when they reenter the normal traffic flow.

To combat the problem, Mr. Neely is proposing that left turns from Flying Point Road onto Diamon Court be prohibited during morning rush hour until the end of September. Right turns at the intersection of Flying Point Road and Diamon Court would also be prohibited from 6 to 8 a.m. from April 1 through September 30.

“Based on calls and concerns from residents, I went out and did some site visits last year and have continued to monitor the situation and speak to residents in the area,” Mr. Neely said. “It has become clear to me that Diamon Court is being used as a shortcut to skip the line and reach the intersection at Seven Ponds Road and Mill Farm Lane more quickly than if they had stayed on Seven Ponds Road.”

According to Mr. Neely, in one half-hour period on a Tuesday during rush hour, he observed 85 vehicles entering Diamon Court from Flying Point Road, with 95 percent of them then making the right turn onto Seven Ponds Road, causing upward of a dozen cars to be backed up on Seven Ponds Road.

On Tuesday, Town Board members decided to try the new regulations—which exempt school buses—saying they can try something different if the changes do not work. There is a 10-day period for written comment open on the proposition.

Flanders Site May Be Preserved

The Town Board wants designate the former home of Reverend Nathaniel Fanning at 1372 Flanders Road a historical landmark, and it has scheduled a public hearing for July.

Nathaniel Fanning was a direct descendant of Captain James Fanning, the first of the Fanning family to settle on Long Island, according to a document outlining historic parcels in Southampton Town. The two-story house features a side entry and brick chimney, and has a side-facing gable roof and shed extension at the rear.

The designation proposal will be open for public hearing on July 14 at 1 p.m. in Town Hall.

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The irony is that someone allowed a min-mall in Water Mill that then required a light, which in turn plays a SIGNIFICANT role in backing up the traffic . Poor planning on MANY levels by MANY people.
By TimNichols (7), on Jun 10, 15 11:58 AM
The problem is easy to fix. Put CR 39 back to one lane each direction with shoulders and push the traffic back onto Sunrise were it belongs.
By bird (824), Southampton on Jun 14, 15 5:01 PM
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