Route 58 in Riverhead to get 5th lane

Route 58 in Riverhead to get 5th lane

There are 37 comments on the Newsday story from Mar 5, 2009, titled Route 58 in Riverhead to get 5th lane. In it, Newsday reports that:

With ever-increasing development making traffic delays worse each year, and even more projects planned, county officials have decided to widen one of the busiest roads on the East End - Route 58 in Riverhead - ...

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EMS 5th Batallion

Huntington Station, NY

#1 Mar 5, 2009
EXCELLENT PLAN construction during the summer months...genious.

Bronx, NY

#2 Mar 5, 2009
Two lane roundabout... there is a disaster waiting to happen. Take a look at the Wantagh/Ocean Pky Roundabout -- there is an accident there several times each day!!
Little Joey

Coram, NY

#5 Mar 5, 2009
the article says:
To save money, county road designers figured out how to cram five lanes of traffic - two going west, two going east, and a turning lane in between - into a space about 4 1/2 lanes wide. The 11-foot lanes will be within acceptable limits, depending on traffic conditions, state transportation officials said. Normal lanes are 13' wide

Cars will be so close to each other many accidents will happen and the road will also be against the sidewalk so I will be scared to ride my bike.....i don't like they are cramming 5 lanes into space for only 4 and a half.:(

Greenlawn, NY

#6 Mar 5, 2009
If they widened the lanes to 15' there would still be concern over accidents. Many traffic problems are two-fold; one being outdated engineering and two being inadequate vehicular operation. Strongly considering a revamped public transportation system and more stringent requirements for obtaining and/or keeping a drivers license would minimize some transportation problems.
Yes Fifth Lane

Mesquite, NV

#7 Mar 5, 2009
This will be the Dougnut Lane, you know for who ? Car 54.
Great Idea !
Keep up the good work !
U r not so smart

Bangkok, Thailand

#8 Mar 5, 2009
DrJohnDoe wrote:
If they widened the lanes to 15' there would still be concern over accidents. Many traffic problems are two-fold; one being outdated engineering and two being inadequate vehicular operation. Strongly considering a revamped public transportation system and more stringent requirements for obtaining and/or keeping a drivers license would minimize some transportation problems.
You can't teach common sense,too many dummies driving.
Little Joey

Coram, NY

#9 Mar 5, 2009
and please leave the traffic circle the way it works great now and my mommy said it has worked great for many many years. I like it the way it is. I can't recall ever seeing an accident IN the circle...but make it some stoopid two lanes round a bout and it will start accidents....
anyone here see that stoopid round a bout on middle road and osborne ave? STOOPID

New York, NY

#10 Mar 6, 2009
As a Riverhead resident for 11 years, I say BRAVO. It's a good plan for what they have to work with. As far as some of the comments here, did you READ the article?? The work will be done in the winter. As far as the two lane circle, it will be nothing like the Jones Beach circle. As you approach the circle, the right lanes will be a right turn only lane, just like it is now on the NW corner by the 7-11. This will improve traffic flow. Can't wait for this to be completed.
Rogue Cheddar

Coram, NY

#13 Mar 6, 2009
"If you build it" more will come. But no, the "fifth" turning lane will do little to ease the incredible traffic on Route 58 especially during the spring, summer and fall months. If this is one of those so called "shovel ready" projects, unions and contractors will benefit but Riverhead residents and those who visit will experience none.
too much

Mount Pleasant, SC

#15 Mar 6, 2009
Real solution: A Rt. 58 bypass.

Dover, FL

#16 Mar 6, 2009
I grew up in Riverhead and the local politicians ruined it...

Too many stores on 58....brings too much traffic to the area.

I wish it was the way it used to be in the 1980s
Ca mu na t Disorganizer

Florham Park, NJ

#17 Mar 6, 2009
Poor Ed Burke; there goes his front yard.
Ed Burke

Coram, NY

#18 Mar 6, 2009
Route 58 had No traffic lights along its length until about the 1980's. The town had zoned 58 to attract the business it was effectively relocating from downtown, and all the while ignored the traffic realities and congestion, not to mention any attempt to anticipate the future needs. We now have permenant traffic gridlock, and the traffic of locals that know how, speeds along many alternate arteries that were once quiet streets. So much for Town Planning.

The morons in Southampton have two Major arteries that drivers are forced to ignore speed limits on, County road 39, called North Highway that is essentially Sunrise Highway with a moron inspired 35 miles per hour that no one obeys. The other is Montauk Highway, called 'Hill Street' as it enters the Village at it also has a Moron Inspried speed limit of 25 Miles and hour that everyone is forced to ignore. Then, just for good measure the lesser arties are filled with Stop signs in places they aren't needed, like speed bumbs in the middle of an interstate. Whoever in Southampton makes these decisions needs to be fired, they are incompetent.
Ed Burke

Coram, NY

#19 Mar 6, 2009
too much wrote:
Real solution: A Rt. 58 bypass.
It's called 'Middle Road' and it had a 30 MPH limit for the farm vehicles that once used it more than other vehicles. Now that it has become the By-Pass for the Route 58 By-Pass and the traffic far exceeds its design, they RAISED the speed limit to 40 MPH, so the drivers doing 55 feel more comfortable going over hills and around curves they could never see beyond at 40 MPH to avoid a collision. Again, Morons making speed limit decisions need to be fired.
Ed Burke

Coram, NY

#20 Mar 6, 2009
Green Hornet wrote:
What about the environmental impact study? How are you going to deal with the major oil leak at the roundabout?(ya know the Peconic Hospital tar pits about 20' N)
At the congested traffic imposed 10 MPH speed of the cars what do you envision, a supertanker springing a leak ? Between 20 odd unsyncronized traffic lights forcing each car to stop every few hundred feet, and the traffic circle, and the cars turning in and out of all the Strip Malls adding the extra lane will do nothing to speed things up. Planning for this 30-40 years ago could have, but in Riverhead politicians figgure its the job of the guy who'll have their job three-four decades later to worry about.
Ed Burke

Coram, NY

#21 Mar 6, 2009
Good Thing we zoned the land all around the Peconic Bay Medical Center/Central Suffolk Hospital for all the krapshoppes and fast food peddlers, because without the Burger King, Kentucky Fried Buzzard, Pizza Rut, Jiffy Lube, Friendly's, Dunkin' Donuts, and all the others your ambulance might otherwise get you to the hospital in time to continue breathing. Would you like to 'Super-Size' your Funeral ?

Port Washington, NY

#22 Mar 6, 2009
They shouldve stopped the development that made 58 a disaster before it started. It looks like Route 110 now. The traffic is horrible so anything should be better than it is now. I make a point to avoid this stretch unless I have to, and do so early in the morning. Either way, there should be a moratorium on new development, existing dilapidated structures there could be developed but no more new stuff. Even though I dont think there is even any more land left west of the circle anyway.


#23 Mar 6, 2009
Hey, what about putting this 10 million dollar county project on the back burner. Eliminate or suspend funding while the snake of a county executive figures how to pay previously negotiated contacts. This along with a million spent on a museum and add barren land purchases along with over a hundred million in surplus fund in the county coffers should help the Exec figure out how to pay the workers. Hey, how about getting rid of his cronie public infomation deputy commisioner. What's that another 100k plus of wasted money in the county execs office? Levy what a LOSER!
james breitenbach

Newark, NJ

#25 Mar 6, 2009
10-15 years ago I've told politicians there needs to be a sign( alternate route to the north fork) for RT25. Mainstreet died when the by-pass(58) was built...the expansion of 58 is the double DOOM of mainstreet Riverhead. Put the flowers on the grave. Its obvious now not in my lifetime will mainstreet be....anything.
Long Live LILCO

Jersey City, NJ

#26 Mar 6, 2009
They should just continue the LIE all the way to Dual Hwy. the way it was originally planned back in the '70s. That is the real solution to this problem, not more and smaller lanes.

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