Avoid the Jam - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 2254770

Avoid the Jam

Last Thursday, I followed a tractor-trailer fuel truck as it headed west on Hampton Road in Southampton Village.

The truck proceeded to pass the high school, firehouse, middle school, Town Hall and elementary school. The truck moved past Main Street, avoiding pedestrians and cars. The truck moved down Nugent Street to the light at Windmill Lane, where you can see, in the distance, the police station and ambulance barn.

The truck headed south on Windmill Lane, past Ye Ole Bake Shoppe, where at one time many citizens were delighted by the aroma of their fresh-baked goods.

The next challenge faced by the truck was a sharp right turn onto Hill Street while avoiding trucks headed east and turning onto Windmill Lane. If two large tractor-trailers were to meet at the intersection, police assistance would be necessary to untangle the jam.

After turning onto Hill Street, the truck accelerated, letting out a big plume of black smoke from its exhaust. Soon, the huge truck passed Sacred Hearts Church, Alternatives for Children school and the Chabad, neatly avoiding the many landscaping trucks and trailers partly parked in the bicycle lane. The tractor-trailer was on its way at 35 mph.

In 1972, New York State decommissioned New York Route 27 and New York Route 27A at Shinnecock Hills at a time when the East End of Long Island was at the apex of a construction boom and a population explosion. That decommissioning left the South Fork of Long Island without an adequate highway system.

Restoring the state highway would be the way to solve the traffic problems on the East End of Long Island.

In a few weeks, voters in Southampton Village will be able to accept or reject the trustees who voted for Truck Route 6-2024.

Joseph A. McLoughlin Sr.

Southampton Village

McLoughlin was a Southampton Village trustee from 1999 to 2003 — Ed.