East Hampton Village will get its first roundabout in 2015, thanks a partnership of local and state officials who were able to secure $700,000 in state aid for the traffic change.
New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and Senator Kenneth P. LaValle met Monday with East Hampton Village Mayor Paul Rickenbach, East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell and other members of village and town government to announce plans for the roundabout at the intersection of Toilsome Lane, Route 114 and Buell Lane.
The funding for the project comes collectively from Mr. Thiele’s and Mr. LaValle’s 2014 Community Capital Assistance Program, and the village will match that contribution.
“As you can see, this is an interesting intersection,” Senator LaValle said at a press conference on Monday afternoon, pointing to the concrete island where a stop sign currently sits.
Mr. LaValle said he, Mr. Thiele, and members of the village government have been working on coming up with a traffic calming measure for the spot for years. He said that he is excited to finally see a plan come to fruition.
The intersection has been collectively identified by members of the community as dangerous and in need of a change, added Mr. Thiele. He said that unlike past situations, where roundabouts have been a point of contention, he is confident that people will be pleased with the new plans.
“This is one of those rare occasions where all levels of government have worked together,” said Mr. Rickenbach. “We’re hoping it will be complete within the next year.”