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A Solution

Dear Editor,

The saga of the problems of County Road 39 continues with no end in sight. We have closed door meetings with Federal, State, County, and Town officials in attendance with a lot of double talk about short-term solutions, half solutions, and hopefully, a full solution before the end of the century. This same dialogue has been going for years with nothing happening.

In the meantime, yes, a solution: Why not make County Road 39 one way eastbound from the Lobster Inn to the merge connecting with Montauk Highway (the Princess Diner) from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. every day. This would take the pressure off of personnel headed to the hospital, town hall employees, out of town school teachers, automobile sales forces, mechanics, and everyone else headed east for their workday. At the same time, make Montauk Highway from the west end of Hill Street (Tuckahoe Lane) to the Shinnecock Canal one way westbound for the same 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. time period every day. I'm told by some who should know that Montauk Highway could handle two-way traffic, even with increased westbound volume during those 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. hours, without any problem but that decision should be left to the traffic experts to decide.

There are plenty of north-south roads to relieve those wanting to go in the other direction rather than the "one way east" if on County Road 39 or "one way west" if on Montauk Highway. These include Hills Station Road, Tuckahoe Road, St. Andrews Road, Tuckahoe Lane, Magee Street, North Sea Road, North Main Street, David Whites Lane, and other smaller outlets.

I know there are those who say this could never work like those who said closing Shrubland Road to eastbound traffic from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. wouldn't work. Well, it is working. Believe me; the publicity for this bold action for County Road 39 would be overwhelmingly positive helping to make it work. The PR for all of those folks who have been stuck for hours on end with the back up of traffic eastbound at the Lobster Inn would be "big time" and a gigantic plus. Sure, there would be some logistical problems, but the traffic experts who are frustrated with nothing happening could instead put their talents to this solution and make it work.

So does Government have the courage to take the bull by the horns, or as usual just sit around wringing their hands, having more meetings and saying "sorry, nothing can be done for now, but rest easily, we're going to authorize another traffic study for County Road 39 to find the problem." We all know the problem! It's time we did something about it. Think about it, this solution could work.

May 23, 2006

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