Pictured Above: The planned work at the Greenport intersection of Route 25 and Route 48. | New York State Department of Transportation image

Governor Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that construction is getting underway on several East End infrastructure projects, with a total cost of $10.9 million.

The projects include the installation of a roundabout of the intersection of Route 25 and Route 48 in Greenport (at the north end of Greenport’s Main Street), reconfiguring the intersection of Route 25 and Edwards Avenue in Calverton and adding left hand turn lanes at each entry point to the intersection of Stephen Hands Path and Route 114 in East Hampton.

The state Department of Transportation said “preliminary work, including surveying and tree clearing, has begun on four East End intersections that are known local chokepoints. Major construction will begin this summer on reconfigured intersections that will enhance safety and reduce travel times for commuters and tourists.”

At the Greenport intersection, the state believes the changes “will help traffic continuously move in a smooth pattern and reduce congestion to and from the historic Village of Greenport and the Cross Sound Ferry nearby at Orient Point.  Roundabouts have been proven to lessen the instances of serious crashes while maximizing capacity.”

The work will also include new sidewalk ramps and reflective advisory signs compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Edwards Avenue intersection “will be reconfigured to accommodate new left turning lanes in each direction, creating easier and safer navigation for motorists. The existing traffic signal will be replaced and pedestrian accommodations will be upgraded in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” according to the state DOT.

The Route 114/Stephen Hands Path intersection will also include ADA-complient pedestrian accommodations. The project also includes adding left hand turn lanes on Route 114 at the intersection of Goodfriend Drive.

The state says construction at each of these locations is expected to be completed this fall.  

“I applaud the Governor for her attention to these critical investments in our District and this is good news for local residents who, during the busy tourist season, face gridlocked roads throughout the East End,” said State Senator Anthony Palumbo in a press release from the DOT. “These projects will help ease pressure on our roadways and improve both traffic flow and roadway safety for drivers, pedestrians and bikers alike who share our roadways.”

“I am pleased that construction is getting underway on these critical infrastructure projects on the East End,” added State Assemblyman Fred Thiele. “The construction of a roundabout at the intersection of NY25 and CR48 is a creative solution to reduce traffic congestion at a critical intersection in Greenport. The improvements on NY114 at Stephen Hands Path and at Goodfriend Drive will substantially improve both traffic safety and traffic flow in the Town of East Hampton. In particular, the improvements at NY114 and Goodfriend Drive will make it safer for parents and students traveling each school day to the Ross School. My thanks to Governor Hochul and the DOT for their efforts to expedite these projects.” 

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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