Some have observed that it takes someone getting killed to put up a stop light at a dangerous intersection. Will it take more than that to get some traffic calming in Noyac?
In one week’s time, at a tiny yet increasingly treacherous stretch of Noyac Road, we have seen one man killed and another woman nearly killed. It is apparently only a miracle that saved a young woman on her first day of work from escaping being crushed by a pickup truck that came hurtling through the side wall of The Whalebone General Store last Friday. Exactly one week before, on a slick road, a driver failed to negotiate the bend in the road and slammed into a tree just feet away from The Whalebone. The driver was killed and his two passengers were injured.
Alcohol has apparently been involved with the most recent accident, and speed may be a contributing factor in both, which underscores the need for creating a safer environment for both the drivers and the pedestrians who frequent the increasingly busy hamlet.
The area around The Whalebone and Cromer’s Market is a nexus for pedestrian and vehicular traffic that is going uncontrolled. It has become a very popular shopping area —Â which is great —Â but coupled with increasing car and truck traffic and a winding country road, the stretch is begging for a safer plan.
Southampton Town has made a couple of proposals to calm this section of the road, by installing a median and actually moving the road further to the south by about 16-feet in order to make it easier for vehicles to get in and out of the parking lot.
But frankly, more needs to be done, and by the events this past week, they need to be done soon. We suggest the town take a good look at traffic from Trout Pond to the Waterside Condominiums in an effort to find ways to slow traffic before it gets into the business district. We wouldn’t mind if traffic crawled through the area —Â think bulb-outs, neck-downs and medians that, by design, force cars to slow down.
It would give pedestrians a better chance at crossing the road safely, and —Â at the rate things are going —Â probably save a couple of lives.Â