Discussing The Springs Corridor’s Future

T. E. McMorrow
East Hampton town councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez has put together a series of meetings on the Springs corridor study.

The Springs corridor study will be the subject of a day-long series of discussions on February 27.

Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, who has organized the meetings, said letters were sent to close to 90 property and business owners in the area. At a meeting for the invitees only, they will be able to question the town’s consultants on the topic at the Town Hall complex on Pantigo Road. Others will involve members of the planning board and members of both the East Hampton and Springs Citizens Advisory Committees. These talks will culminate in an open meeting in the Baldwin Room of the East Hampton Library at 6:30 PM.

The corridor is a large swath of land in a somewhat triangular shape, starting at the fork in the road at the northern end of North Main Street. The western border is Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road (County Road 40), and runs north to Abrahams Path, and east along that road to Accabonac Road. From Accabonac, the piece follows Floyd Street, west to Springs Fireplace Road, and south to the fork in the road at North Main Street.

“The corridor was mentioned in both the East Hampton hamlet study and the Springs hamlet study,” Burke-Gonzalez said. “There is a core group of folks interested in the roads we travel in and out of Springs daily. The CAC members are looking to improve the landscaping, the look and feel of the corridor.”

A major concern motivating those interested is that the industrial area sits over the town’s aquifer.

There are many projects in the pipeline at the planning board’s office, each of which require a traffic impact study. That board sent the town board a letter last April asking it to retain a consulting team.

“It would be helpful to have an all-encompassing study,” Burke-Gonzalez said. “We are working with the county and the Department of Public Works to reconstruct County Road 41. They’re investing $7.6 million” in the project.

On hand February 27 will be representatives from L.K. McLean Associates, PC, the same engineering firm that helped design the redo of the road.

Burke-Gonzalez’s strategy for the day is to maximize the interaction between consultants and attorneys already being brought in for the evening session at the library. More details can be found on the town’s website.

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