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Tom R
February 24, 2011 | 12:13 PM

Every body seems to forget the new changes have made it much more difficult for people to visit the few remaining businesses on CR 39. I have seen people wait for 5 minutes for a chance to test the 0 - 60 or the 60 to 0 capability of their cars . Impatient cars rearend those trying to turn and the businesses are suffering as a results. More close every month. Traffic moves too fast for the road design and accidents are at a record high. There is NO regulation of the speed. If I go along with the flow of traffic it usually moves at 50 - 60 MPH with very few exceptions. Many years ago some may remenber when Montauk Hwy in Patchogue was lined with many local businesses. Everything from pool companies to delis. Just like Southampton. They did the exact same thing to improve traffic. As changes were made the speed of traffic dramatically increased. People literaly raced 60 MPH or more from light to light, with a driver risking and accident trying to pull in or out of a business. I always drove my race car, yes, a race car to go shopping. That was the safest way to go to the pet store and pull in and out of the lot. The final resolution was that all the highway business left or were evicted and a multilane highway with service roads and few mega box stores moved in. There is no longer any evidence of all the popular local shopping stores and mini centers that lined the road. This is what we have to look forward to in the years to come. Most of the busnesses in Southampton are gone or going already. All that is remaining is to just condem a few more local shops then we can say "Is Watermill this exit or the next one?"

Tom Ratcliffe
2107 Capeletti Front Tile
Gurney's Inn