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Thiele Eyes Improvements to Route 24

What fixes do you think need to be made to the roadway?

New York State Route 24 is in dire need of improvements and safety-enhancement measures.

So say elected officials and residents who have long raised their concerns about high speeds on the roadway and the need for traffic calming measures, lights, and also, much-needed maintenance to repair paving and other issues.

A discussion on the issue at the November meeting of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Association, slated to be led by Assemblyman Fred Thiele,  was rescheduled due to the fact that New York State Department of Transportation representatives, busy with Hurricane Sandy aftermath, were unable to attend.

The discussion, FRNCA President Brad Bender said, will be held at FRNCA's January meeting.

Route 24, Bender said, is due for maintenance and issues such as traffic calming, lights, and paving will be discussed. He urged residents to come prepared with questions for Thiele and the NYS DOT.

"Write your ideas down -- bring all your good ideas and feedback," Bender said. "Hopefully, Fred Thiele will be able to get things slowed down and make our roadway a little bit safer."

What do you think needs to be done to make Route 24 safer in Flanders and Riverside? Do you think traffic moves too quickly on the roadway? Should traffic calming measures be implemented? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

Katie Gilchrist Cote December 03, 2012 at 08:14 PM
First and foremost, authorities need to crack down on the people who don't STOP at the STOP SIGN at the end of the LIE Exit ramp (Exit 71). This includes SCPD and Sheriff's too! It is very nerve-racking driving past that spot because most drivers do a casual roll-through and hit the gas through the turn. Enforce that stop sign!
Meigan Rocco December 04, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Route 24, aka Flanders Road is a speedway. There are two traffic lights between Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays and Route 105 and both lights are still in Hampton Bays. The speed limit changes three different times in a relatively short stretch of highway which adds to the speed limit confusion. Sunrise Highway in Southampton has a highly enforced speed limit of 35mph and Flanders Road is anywhere from 40 - 55mph depending where you are with little enforcement. Traffic lights and one consistent speed limit is a good place to start making this road safer for all who drive and walk on it. Check the Ambulance calls for the number of accidents and pedestrians hit by cars in a week on that road, the numbers will speak for themselves. Dangerous road does not even begin to cover the description of Flanders Road.
Bernie K December 04, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I agree with both above posters, but have to add a caveat. No amount of signage, lights or traffic enforcement will help make a road safer as long as there is a "nut" behind the wheel. Stop DWI, stop texting - PUT DOWN THAT PHONE and drive... please!
cm December 04, 2012 at 02:14 PM
This road is dangerous. I dont see many or any patrols. I see cars traveling 70 mph and see cars traveling 30. I almost hit someone crossing the street at night.... many people just taking their time walking across the street. Yes many illegals with their lunch boxes seem to get dropped off there and scatter all the roads... also driving 30 mph in fear of being pulled over causing traffic back ups. Make Rt 24 one speed limit. Stop school buses stopping on road (every corner during busy time is pathetic) have police zone to catch illegals. Only then will we have our road back and safe.
Janice Jay Young December 04, 2012 at 04:30 PM
My biggest concern is the danger caused by the gas station traffic congestion on Route 24 and Long Neck Blvd. There has to be a better way to control the traffic so that you don't have to fear being rear-ended while waiting to turn left onto LNB (or Royal Ave.) from Route 24, or when you finally can turn, plowing into the back of cars piled up on Long Neck Blvd. waiting to enter the gas station.
J Delia December 08, 2012 at 03:04 PM
We need lights!!!!! Start at oak!! Impossible to get out!!! The death rate in this area is off the charts from route 105 to just pass hamton deli...... Just a matter of time before a school bus gets broad sided, they can't get out of there own way!! I also agree with all past post!!! How about the speed indicator like by the jail something and inforce it!!!

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