Traffic Calming

Safe Streets

Councilwoman Connie Kepert is passionate about traffic calming.  Traffic calming is simply designing our roadways so that drivers are encouraged to drive at moderate rates of speed, thereby making our streets safer for all users.  Listed below are just some of the projects, which Ms. Kepert has spearheaded:

Complete Streets legislation

  1. A Roundabout on Whiskey Road in Middle Island

  2. The Currans Road Bike path, connection between Middle Country Road and Whiskey Road in Middle Island

A bike lane on Smith Road in Ridge;

Driver Feedback devices, crosswalks, bike lanes and school zone speed limit signs on Longwood Road in Middle Island;

Worked to secure through Congressman Bishops office $430,000 in grants to construct a sidewalk along Granny Road in Gordon Heights;

Sidewalks on Wilson Ave. in Gordon Heights

New high technology traffic signals which measure the speed of cars 300 feet in advance of the signal, and turn red if cars are traveling beyond the speed limit on both Randall and Ridge Roads in Ridge;

The building of Safety Town at the town’s ecology site to teach children how to ride their bikes and walk safely on our roadways;

Major roadway improvements along Long Island Avenue in Medford that will include bike lanes;

The creation of a multi-use pedestrian/bike trail coupled with crosswalks and traffic calming along River Road in Shirley;

Enhancing safety: The Whiskey Road Roundabout

Whiskey Road was recently enhanced with a state-of-the-art roundabout. One of the main reasons for constructing roundabouts is to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities at intersections. Prior to the installation of the roundabout there were 8 fatalities between 1994 and 2003 at the intersection of Whiskey Road and Miller Place Yaphank Road. Roundabouts improve safety: traffic engineers have found that intersections treated with roundabouts result in more than a 90% reduction in fatalities, a 76% reduction in injuries and a 35% reduction in all crashes. Roundabouts also reduce congestion, and have the added benefits of reducing both pollution and fuel use. Finally, roundabouts save money due to the lack of signal equipment to install, power, and maintain.

Whiskey Road will also be improved with an on-again-off-again bike trail which will begin in the west at Mount Sinai Coram Road and run east eventually reaching Brookhaven State Park. This trail will intersect with other off road trails including the DEC Trails, the new Currans Road Trail as well as to Paumanok Path and the NYS DEC bike trails.

Currans Road Bike Trail:

In an effort to create a network of bicycle paths that enable residents to ride to recreational destinations without having to get into their automobiles; Councilwoman Kepert recently designated Currans Road, which runs from Middle Country Road north to Whiskey Road, as an official Town of Brookhaven bike path. Bicyclists will be guided along the Currans Road path by newly installed signs that indicate direction and distances to other trails in the network

Longwood Road/Smith Road

The speed of traffic which travels along Longwood Road has long been an issue for the parents, students and teachers of the Longwood School District.

Cars routinely travel 20 mph faster than the posted speed limit on a road which contains both Longwood Junior High and High School.  Longwood Road is routinely used by students traveling between the Junior High, and the High School for after school activities. 

“Traffic accidents are the number one killer of American Teenagers.  Reducing that death rate and making our roadways safer is an issue  I am passionate about,  an issue I championed as a civic leader, and one I am happy to have the ability to make a real difference in, as an elected official,” stated Kepert.

Councilwoman Kepert directed the Town’s Department of Traffic Safety to conduct a traffic safety study along the entire length of Longwood Road.  As a result of that study the following traffic calming devices have be installed:

A bike lane and anti skid surface on Longwood Road

       Flashing beacons: to alert motorists that they are entering a school zone.

School zone 20 mph painted on the roadway.

Driver Feedback devices, which hang over traffic lanes. These devices inform drivers of the speed of their cars, and will record that information for further review.

     On Smith road we have a pedestrian crosswalk with an upgraded signal, and walk/don’t walk signs.

A sidewalk up Smith to the entrance of Longwood Road, a second crosswalk at the entrance of the Smith Estate.

Bike lanes up the length of Smith Road. 

Gordon Heights Sidewalk Projects

Councilwoman Kepert has met several times with Congressman Tim Bishop to discuss funding through the Federal Transportation Equity Act Multi-Modal Grants for sidewalk treatments on Granny Road, Wilson Road, and several other roadways within Gordon Heights.  “ I am happy to report that through my efforts, and the efforts of Congressman Bishop, the Town of Brookhaven has been awarded a $430,000 grant for roadway improvements within Gordon Heights, stated Kepert.”  “We will be using that grant to make Granny Road a safer place to be for our children and all pedestrians,” continued Kepert.

Safety Town

Safety Town is a hands-on learning adventure for third and fourth graders to practice life- saving safety rules.  Safety town is a mock up of an actual village where children can learn about the rules of the road and pedestrian safety.   Safety Town will be constructed at the Holtville ecology site, with the help of a grant from congressman Bishop for one million dollars. 

  “I worked for safety town as a civic leader, and it is great to press it forward as a Council person,” stated Kepert.   “Pedestrian safety is a huge issue in Suffolk County.  Unfortunately, most pedestrian accidents are children.   Safety town, along with other efforts to make our roadways safer, will cut that number, and protect our children.”

In the Works:  Multi-Use Trail – River Road

A 2.7 mile bike path planned for River Road will weave its way through Yaphank, linking key nature areas includng the Rocky Point Sate Natural Resource Area, Southaven County Park, Robert Cushman Murphy Park and Smith Point County park.  The path will provide safe breathing space for cycling enthusiasts, walkers, joggers and roller bladers as enabled by Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and $337,500 in town matching funds. 

“It’s a cut through from Middle Island-Moriches Road to Sunrise Highway and people drive very fast” explained Councilwoman Connie Kepert (4th District) of River Road. “I met with Lynn Weyant, the town’s Director of Traffic Safety, and we discussed some traffic calming devices along the with a multi-use trail. I’ve asked for bulb-outs, which are extensions of the sidewalk into the roadway. Thereby reducing the distance the pedestrian has to travel on the street.”  Also the multi-use trail will narrow the lane width and that in itself is a traffic calming device.  The narrower the road, the less comfortable people fell driving fast. We’re also looking at visible crosswalks.”