More Crosswalks Are Coming to Bridgehampton

Including the addition of a stoplight in front of the Candy Kitchen

Plans to improve the crosswalks in Bridgehampton’s business district will include the addition of a stoplight in front of the Candy Kitchen, at the intersection of Main Street, Corwith Avenue, and School Street. That intersection currently features a flashing caution light.

There has been a history of pedestrians hit by cars on the hamlet’s Main Street, and the state’s Department of Transportation has been working with  Southampton Town to improve the crosswalks. At a meeting of the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee on Monday, Thomas Neely, the town’s director of public transportation and traffic safety, and Christine Fetten, the director of municipal works, also presented proposals for improvements on sections of Montauk Highway at Butter Lane, the war monument just west of the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, the post office, Thayer’s Hardware, and at the Bridgehampton School.

Other changes to the intersection in front of the Candy Kitchen will include the construction of three new crosswalks with countdown timers, handicapped-accessible ramps, and audible pedestrian indications. Two crosswalks will span Main Street on either side of School Street, and the other will head east to west across School Street. A crosswalk on Corwith Avenue will also be upgraded. 

Three new crosswalks would be installed at the war monument just west of the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike; one across Montauk Highway and the others on sections of Ocean Avenue. The proposal calls for enlarging the island on which the monument stands and relocating the existing flagpole to make room for the crosswalks. 

New crosswalks with countdown timers would be installed on the north, south, and east sides of the intersection of Butter Lane and Montauk Highway, and an existing one on the west side would be upgraded with ramps and improved pedestrian indications. 

A new crosswalk would be installed across a forked section of Church Lane south of the highway, and upgrades made to the existing crosswalks in front of the post office, at the Bridgehampton School, and in front of Thayer’s.