Thiele: Bicycle Lane and Sidewalk Improvements on the Horizon

April 24, 2012
New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) today has announced upcoming bicycle route/lane improvements and sidewalk gap projects on East End State roads.

Thiele noted that these projects will advance safe, reliable, and comfortable transportation for non-motorized travelers on pedestrian walkways, marked bicycle routes and bike lanes in compliance with the American with Disabilities (ADA) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) standards. These projects will fill sidewalk gaps shorter than a half mile in length between segments of existing sidewalks, and install bicycle route and lanes to address critical connections in our local bicycle network. Curbs, signs and paving within the area may be replaced and other site improvements may be provided.

According to the New York State Department of Transportation, the projects have now entered the design phase, and are expected to commence in spring 2013.

Proposed projects on the South Fork include:

Sidewalk Gap Portion:
NY Route 24 at Montauk Highway, Hamlet of Hampton Bays, Town of Southampton

Bicycle Portion:
1. Montauk Highway (NY900W): Knoll Road to Tuckahoe Lane; Shinnecock Hills, Art Village, Shinnecock Indian Reservation; Village of Southampton; Town of Southampton; Shinnecock Indian Nation (install bike lane, eliminate parking on pavement, repair shoulder, signage, apply pavement markings)
2. NY Route 27 (Montauk Highway): Little Cobb Road to Station Road, Hamlet of Watermill, Town of Southampton (upgrade bike route and signage)
3. NY Route 27 (Montauk Highway): Poxabogue Lane to Stephen Hands Path, Hamlets of Sagaponack and Wainscott, Villages of Sagaponack and East Hampton, Towns of Southampton and East Hampton (upgrade bike route to bike lane, eliminate parking on pavement, repair shoulder, signage, apply pavement markings)
4. NY Route 27 (Montauk Highway): Bluff Road to Dunes Lane, Hamlets of Amagansett and Napeague, Town of East Hampton (upgrade bike route to bike lane, eliminate parking on pavement, repair shoulder, signage, apply pavement markings)
5. NY Route 27 (Montauk Highway): Navahoe Road to Eton Road; Hamlets of Napeague, Hither Hills and Montauk; Town of East Hampton (upgrade bike route to bike lane, eliminate parking on pavement, repair shoulder, signage, apply pavement markings)
6. NY Route 27 (Montauk Highway): South Etna Avenue to Montauk Point; Hamlets of Montauk, Ditch Plains, Montauk Point State Park; Town of East Hampton (upgrade bike route to bike lane, eliminate parking on pavement, repair shoulder, signage, apply pavement markings)