Thiele Outlines Ideas For Route 24 Safety

Goal would be to increase traffic calming measures and make the area pedestrian friendly.

With scores of residents expressing safety concerns over roadway conditions on Route 24 in Flanders, Assemblyman Fred Thiele is poised to present alternatives.

Thiele, who is slated to meet with the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Civic Association on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. to discuss the future of Route 24 -- a Nov. discussion was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy aftermath -- said plans for the roadway began taking shape last summer.

According to Thiele, during the summer, a meeting was held with elected officials including New York State Senator Ken LaValle, Legislator Jay Schneiderman, and representatives of the New York State Department of Transportation and Suffolk County Department of Public Works.

"Those departments are already at work trying to come up with alternatives," Thiele said. 

The purpose of the January meeting, Thiele said, is for elected officials and department representatives to "get a better idea of what the public is looking for."

Looking back at a similar traffic calming project embarked upon in Sag Harbor, Thiele said the goal is to adopt many of the same measures utilized in the Route 114 traffic remediation plan. 

"What I want to help them accomplish is to create more hamlet centers and make the Flanders area more pedestrian and business friendly, instead of a pass-through roadway."

On the table, Thiele said, are possible traffic calming initiatives and other measures to enhance public safety. "It's a dangerous road," he said. "The state DOT and the county DPW are doing a lot of background work toward trying to move the ball downfield when we have the meeting in January."

cm December 07, 2012 at 02:54 PM
There are more cars than people walking that street. Why make it pedestrian friendly?? Make it a highway. Population is growing out east. We must find ways to grow with the times. The danger I see are all the illegals getting dropped off at the deli and they scatter the street.
Vince Taldone December 07, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Let's not do the chicken vs. egg routine. There are no complete sidewalks running along SR24 and no safe way to even get across the street for pedestrians including neighborhood kids. So no one should be surprised that few people venture out for a stroll. If you have ever been forced to walk along SR 24, you would know how threatening and unappealing that activity is on nearly all of the route. But more importantly for many in the community is the fact that folks drive through Riverside and Flanders as fast as the road, which was built for speed and volume, lets them and think nothing about the people who live there. That is why things have to change and it is so important for the road to become safe and beautiful. We need to have traffic moving smoothly but we also want people to slow down in spots to look and visit. We want drivers to stop at our Big Duck, preserves and natural wonders not to mention stopping in to one of the existing or future businesses along the route. Thanks to Fred Thiele for thinking and acting with the long term interests of the local community in mind. Vince Taldone, Executive Board Member Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association
Walter S December 08, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Has anyone asked, "Why is there so much traffic along Rt24?". I have seen a population explosion here on Long Island, particularly Suffolk within the past 30 years yet not one new road has been built in this same period anywhere, not one. We have such a unique hamlet here in Flanders and honestly if it weren't for the extreme traffic along rt24, it would be beautiful. We have not been bombarded with strip malls, pizza parlors and roadside advertising. I would really hate to see Flanders turn into the likes of Mastic along Montauk Hwy or Centereach along 25A with sign after sign after sign(it's really ugly)...The question is, where are all these cars coming from and where are they going day after day, hour after hour. I feel we residents here have a right to ask this question since on our tax bills we are paying for hwy's #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5. Rt24 must be one of these hwy's.


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