The New York State Department of Transportation has confirmed that it will pursue a roundabout at the intersection of Route 25 and Route 48 in Greenport.
The possibility of a traffic light was originally proposed at a meeting between North Fork officials and Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), and representatives of the state Department of Transportation in July.
Acting commissioner of the NYSDOT Paul Karas wrote a letter to Mr. LaValle on August 29 saying that the state completed an investigation of the area, including an accident analysis, delay studies, volume counts, pedestrian counts and field observations and concluded that a three-color signal was not warranted, according to the letter.
It goes on to say that the state will undertake a project to modify the intersection with a roundabout and that is currently planned for 2022.
“This isn’t new, we’ve raised this issue over the years and it’s been identified as a really dangerous intersection,” Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said.
“You’ve got tremendous progress because you have the commitment that they recognize that something’s got to be done, which is more than you’ve had before,” Councilman Bill Ruland added.