Following a few days of widespread traffic complaints on the South Fork related to the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton Town, Southampton Village and Suffolk County issued a joint statement Wednesday detailing improvements they are making to traffic flow in the region.
On Montauk Highway and County Road 39, the police departments set several traffic signals as flashing lights “to avoid unnecessary stops during peak hours.” Police adjusted the lanes on County Road 31 near Gabreski Airport to improve traffic.
“Traffic posts continue to be monitored to react to changing patterns in real time,” the police departments’ statement reads. “Officers are directing traffic at main intersections during various heavy traffic times. Police operations have also worked with the USGA to modify some of the original shuttle bus movements.”
Additionally, the Long Island Rail Road announced it is adding extra trains for an anticipated increase in weekend attendance.
The police departments advised travelers that the South Fork is extremely busy this time of year, particularly between 5 and 9 a.m. and between 4 and 8 p.m.
“Although significant steps have been taken to keep traffic moving, the volume of attendees and resultant traffic expected will likely create delays throughout the morning,” the police departments said. “If possible, please be flexible with your travel times, and if you must travel during these hours, prepare accordingly.”
A full list of road closures and other travel information is available online at southamptontownny.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx.