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Crossroads 312: What Do You Think about Traffic?

I want to hear your opinion: What's your opinion on the state of traffic in Southeast?

I'm curious. Southeast residents, do you think traffic in Southeast has been decreasing over the last couple of years? Do think there is less gridlock or congestion since 2009?

My personal experience has been more and more bottleneck. Especially the end of Route 312 by Route 22, where I've been backed up onto Route 312 for about half a mile. Of course Route 22 is the pits, especially when you need to turn left without a traffic light.  

Then my favorite road...North Brewster Road, which can be impossible to make a left hand turn. Add in school buses and commuting traffic, I've sat at the intersection for a good 5 minutes just hoping someone will let me out.

Tell me your experiences. 

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Samantha Jacobs August 31, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I wonder why exit 18 didn't get a traffic light? I recently went to Patterson and exit 18 is the pits. People going really fast and it's hard to see traffic from the left. I feel a problem with Brewster Main Street is the train station....lots of people coming and going from the train. Lots of cars picking people up. Lots of people hanging out on main street. It's a lot to focus on. Especially when you want to get to the other side. I agree about your comments on shopping. It's all the same stuff everywhere. Nothing very different. Shopping is all about finding it the cheapest. There are some local stores I love - like Palmers hardware, the Ups Store and the Feedbarn. I know the people in the store, they are friendly and have responsible prices. It is a hard balance to find in our times.
Ann Fanizzi September 01, 2012 at 06:56 AM
The right and left turning lanes on Exit 18 were the result of a $1.5 million grant from the DOT received by the Town of Patterson in the words of the Supervisor, to "remedy safety issues" and was to include traffic lights. Safety issues were a cover for Camarda who as part of the approval process for his 400,000 sq. ft+ Patterson Crossing mega retail project, was to assume financial responsibility for all road imprvements and didn't. Who is to bear responsibility for the drastic traffic changes that must occur if Crossroads 312 is approved?
Southeaster September 02, 2012 at 09:00 PM
@Randy Maurer: That's a spot-on assessment of the traffic flow problems! And some of those new lights have hurt more than they've helped.
Southeaster September 02, 2012 at 09:05 PM
In my experience, traffic throughout Southeast has gotten worse but especially on 312 and 22 and in Brewster Village. I don't see how 312 can support much more traffic as it is, and I would hate to see it turn into a Rt. 9 or Rt. 7. One of the things I love about this town is that it doesn't have huge, congested four-lane roads like that. I find it so stressful to shop and travel in those areas and avoid it as much as possible.
paula September 07, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I am a resident of Tonetta Lake and am equally frustrated with the traffic and congestion on Route 312, Route 22 and even North Brewster Rd. We have only been in the area for 2 years, but it is really the pits. I frequently jog along North Brewster (to save money on gym membership). This area can't afford to grow without fixing some of the issues we have!

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