Southold Town engineers and officials have asked the town to fund a $32,000 traffic study as part of efforts to address the flow of vehicles at a busy intersection in Greenport that is prone to congestion and accidents.
The intersection of Route 48 and Main Road — parts of which are owned by New York State, Suffolk County and Southold Town — has been a danger for years and has become clogged during weekends with traffic, especially from the ferry, Greenport Village Mayor George Hubbard said Wednesday.
“Sometimes you sit there for four to five minutes with no movement,” Hubbard said, adding that the village sent a letter to town officials earlier this year asking them to address the situation.
At a Tuesday work session of the board, town engineers Michael Collins and Jamie Richter joined town government liaison officer Denis Noncarrow in telling the board that a traffic study would put the town in a better position to apply for state and other grants to help pay for the intersection improvements, which Richter and Collins said could top $5 million.
They said the state Department of Transportation told them last week that agency officials are working on a traffic study on the Greenport intersection. However, Noncarrow said, the goal is to have money put aside in case the state cannot come through and for traffic improvements at the intersection to be set in motion quickly.
“We want to be the ones to say ‘We are ready’ if we want to have something done,” Noncarrow said, adding the town would continue to talk with the state during the winter on what progress they are making with their traffic study before deciding whether to proceed with one of their own.
Town Councilman Bob Ghosio said the board authorized Collins and Richter to continue pursuing a town traffic study and to get the board a price quote for it.