New Lighted Crosswalks for Amagansett, Montauk

Officials gathered in Amagansett on Monday to discuss a plan for lighted crosswalks for that hamlet and in Montauk. Christopher Walsh

Officials including State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo, and members of the town board gathered at the intersection of Main Street and Hedges Lane in Amagansett on Monday morning to discuss a plan to install lighted crosswalks at four locations, two in that hamlet and two in Montauk. It is hoped, Mr. Cantwell said, that the lighted crosswalks will be completed by next summer.

In each location, existing crosswalks will be upgraded to include flashing lights alerting motorists of a pedestrian crossing. Similar crosswalks have been installed on Main Street and Newtown Lane in East Hampton Village and on Main Street in Bridgehampton.

In Amagansett, the new lighted crosswalks will be at the intersection of Main Street and Hedges Lane, and on Montauk Highway between the I.G.A. supermarket and the senior citizens housing complex on the grounds of St. Michael's Lutheran Church. In Montauk, they will be installed on Montauk Highway between the 7-Eleven store and the I.G.A., and on Montauk Highway at Carl Fisher Plaza.

Lighted crosswalks can be activated by the push of a button, like those in East Hampton Village, or automatically when a sensor detects motion in its path, as in Bridgehampton. It has not been determined which type will be installed, but "pedestrian safety is key," Mr. LaValle said. Both have pros and cons, Mr. Thiele said, noting that pedestrians do not always pass through the motion-activated sensor.

The project will cost approximately $350,000, Mr. Cantwell said, an expense that will be largely offset by a $250,000 grant from the state's Community Projects Fund. He thanked Mr. LaValle and Mr. Thiele, whom he called "strong allies for me and the town," for their efforts in securing the grant money.

Francine Lane and Anne Jones of the Amagansett Library thanked the officials, saying the upgrades will make children safer, a concern given the summer crowds in the hamlet's commercial district.

Members of the Montauk and Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committees, whom Mr. Cantwell said would review the plans prior to construction, were also on hand. The town has already hired L.K. McLean Associates to design and oversee the installation of the crosswalks.