Southampton Town Aims To Ease Traffic

Southampton Town Hall

“Stop” signs on Scuttle Hole Road at its intersection with Millstone Road, less than 100-feet east of the roundabout at Mitchell Lane in Bridgehampton, will be removed this fall in an effort to reduce traffic congestion and accidents in the area. The Southampton Town Board held a public hearing on the plan Tuesday at which no members of the public spoke.

Under the plan, drivers would be prohibited from turning left from Millstone Road to head east on Scuttle Hole Road. They instead would be directed by new signage to access Scuttle Hole Road via nearby Guyer Road. Tom Neely, the town’s Director of Public Transportation and Traffic Safety, said engineers determined the line of site for drivers waiting to enter Scuttle Hole was better at its intersection with Guyer.

The new traffic plan was prepared by L.K. McLean Associates, P.C., which designed the roundabout for the town more than 13 years ago.

“We asked them to go back and look at that again,” said Mr. Neely at the hearing on Tuesday. “When they looked at the stop signs, they do not feel they are warranted, so they are supporting removing the eastbound and southbound “stop” signs at Millstone. They also recommend we authorize a no left turn restriction coming south on Millstone.”

In addition to using Guyer Road for left turns off Millstone, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman noted that drivers could also make a right and loop around the roundabout to drive east toward Sag Harbor.

“The stop sign is so close to the exit of the roundabout that it backs up and the idea of a roundabout is to keep traffic flowing,” said Mr. Schneiderman.

Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor has recommended the changes not go into effect until the fall. With the public hearing closed, Mr. Neely said the board would vote on adoption of the change in either late July or early August with plans to implement the new traffic pattern in September.