Noyac residents have waited six years to have a traffic calming plan in place in front of Cromer’s Market, and have suffered much longer with a roadway which has become increasingly dangerous. Two fatalities and a number of accidents in the vicinity the past year alone should flag this stretch as a priority for the Town of Southampton.
We were happy to report several weeks ago that the town was intending to begin a re-design of several hundred feet of the roadway, actually moving a portion of Noyac Road about a dozen feet south of its present location, giving drivers more room and a safer way to enter and exit the parking lot in front of Cromer’s and the Whalebone General Store. In summer months in particular, this can be a treacherous place to get in and out of.
At Tuesday night’s Noyac Civic Council meeting, newly-elected town highway superintendent Alex Gregor reviewed with the audience of Noyac residents the plan that has seen numerous drafts and revisions, and we’d have to say the thirty or so in attendance were happy to see a plan that can move forward. We heard Mr. Gregor say he hoped to have work begin on the project shortly after Labor Day.
We also heard something else in his voice: a bit of hesitation.
In his presentation, Mr. Gregor appeared less certain the project would actually be started this year. Even civic council president Chuck Neuman appeared concerned, fearing that if the project was passed over, Noyac would again have to wait through another cycle of project funding.
At issue is a piece of land that must first be deeded to the town from a subdivision across the street from Cromer’s, upon which the road would be moved. Mr. Gregor said he has urged town attorneys to push to finalize the deal, but it has not yet been done.
We are incredulous that after so much time, the town may once again drop the ball on a project in the hamlet — and one that clearly has health and safety issues. If they fail to move on Noyac Road this year it will simply underscore that Noyac truly is the town’s poor stepchild.