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PRESS RELEASE July 20, 2017
Contact: Supervisor’s office
(631) 283-6055 Connie Conway
DUNE ROAD PAVING WILL ADDRESS CHRONIC FLOODING
In an effort to prevent recurring flooding on Dune Road, the Town Board approved a resolution to authorize the Southampton Highway Superintendent to use money from the existing paving budget to resurface portions of Dune Road. Those designated areas of the road see persistent heavy flooding during high tides. The Town will lay at least 10-thousand tons of fresh asphalt in some areas between the Ponquogue Bridge and the Quogue Village line.
“We need to take immediate action,” said Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “We can no longer wait for funding from Federal, State and County funding to assist us.”
The $1 million dollar project will begin next week and run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with flagmen directing traffic into alternating lanes to minimize inconvenience to drivers. The first phase of the project will begin just west of the Ponquogue Bridge and bring the resurfacing job just west of Tiana Beach. The area west of that point to the Quogue Village line will be done in September and October to avoid inconvenience during the summer months. The Town Board approved the emergency work at a Special Town Board meeting on Thursday July 20, 2017.
“I appreciate the efforts of the Town Board and I look forward to the completion of this project,” said Southampton Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor.
The road project is necessary to prevent road closures from persistent flooding and comes from unspent funds in the Highway Department budget. Originally allocated as part of a $7 million dollar estimated project to repave the road and heighten it by as much as 20 inches, along this stretch. But efforts to raise the balance of the funding through grants and other funding sources so far have been unsuccessful.
“This project will bring Dune Road up to the level that provides safety for drivers and makes the road passable during high tides,” said Supervisor Schneiderman.
Dune Road is vital to the Town of Southampton as it serves as the pathway for the second largest fishing fleet in the state located at Shinnecock Dock as well as an important link to several of the Town’s beaches, Recreation programs, numerous restaurants and private residences.