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Huntington's Most Dangerous Cut-Throughs?

What residential streets have become virtual busy highways for people taking shortcuts?

Some residential streets can feel like busy highways if they're frequently used as cut-throughs, and can pose a danger to unsuspecting pedestrians. What's a convenience to drivers in a hurry can be a hazard to other drivers or residents of the area.

What do you think are some of the most highly used and least appropriate cut through streets in Huntington and the surrounding area? What threats do they pose and how do you think traffic could be better managed or avoided?

Tell us in the comments.

Joanne October 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Donovan Drive off of Lawrence Hill Rd. is used daily as a train commuters cut through to get to Woodbury Rd. There have been incidences where people do not stop for school buses so they don't miss the train.....and very few drivers follows the 20mph speed limit for the road.
Kirstin October 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM
West 21zst Street between Oakwood Road and New York Avenue but especially between New York Avenue and West Hills Road. People seem to think the speed limit is 10 -30 miles over the posted limit of 30 mph. And that stop sign on the corner of 7th Avenue... ? Most seem to have the attitude "what stop sign?" Even when school buses are present!
Rob Madden October 11, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Elm St in Village.... People doing 60 miles per hour down the road and blowing through the stop sign. Soooooo rude.
PW October 11, 2012 at 01:07 PM
How about a traffic circle.
tony October 11, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I agree this intersection is one of the most dangerous in Huntington, especially during "rush hour". The solution, I think, is to either make Maple Hill one way going westbound or prohibit eastbound (left) turns from Maple Hill onto East Main Street.
Loary Milanese October 11, 2012 at 01:25 PM
The intersection of Jefferson, Pierce, & Van Buren Streets in Centerport. I've been watching people run the Jefferson stop sign for 19 years, while Van Buren has turned into a speedway. And the biggest speeding offenders are the school buses!!!!
JIM October 11, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Rolling hills rd and beau lane to avoid the light at McKay Rd and Oakwood. this is especially noted on school days as this is convienient for traffic headed to the high school.
Ilivehere October 11, 2012 at 01:33 PM
This one's easy. The corner of E17th and Luther Place. The cut through is when people getting to E17th by flying down E18th, making the left on to Luther Place and the right on E17th at Mach 9. There is a school bus stop at E17th/Luther. There will be an accident. Quote me on that. There NEEDS to be a stop sign on E18th. But then again, they probably won't stop for that one either.
d October 11, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Bluebird and Hartmann Hill where it comes into Jericho Tpke. Its like a non exisintg stop sign. Hence so many accidents.
E October 11, 2012 at 02:00 PM
No one stops at any of the 5 stop signs on olive st they just barrel through at 60 mph despite the deaf child signs the police don't do anything when families complain someone will get hurt one day maybe then they'll pay attention
E October 11, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Oswego and park ave also has seen many fatal accidents
Lisa October 11, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Beverly road, between Jericho and Maplewood Rd, in Huntington Station. Way to many car dealerships take there BMW's and Porches, and others, thinking our street is a race track. This puts many people at risk.
peter swerz October 11, 2012 at 02:27 PM
west neck road, need I say more?
George October 11, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Absolutely the worst cut-through in Huntington is Sweet Hollow Rd. between Jericho Tpk. and Old Country Rd. First of all it's really not a two-lane street (more like 1 1/2). Second, nobody should be doing more than 30-35 mph on it at any time, but people zip through doing 50 and you had better get out of their way. Third, large commercial trucks should not be driving through there unless you have business locally, yet I see them on a near-daily basis. At very least the TOH should make it a one-way street.
Lori K October 11, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Being a new resident on McKay Road is a horror. From the High School at Oakwood Road, twisting down a 1/2 mile to Railroad Street is by far the worst. Not 1 Stop sign, poor lighting, tight turns. Backing out of a driveway is treacherous. The sound of revved up engines, not a day without horns blaring, and I have heard at least 3 accidents on the corner in less than 1 year. Go west across Oakwood on Soundview and there are 3 Stop signs and many speed limit signs for the same length of road. Someone at Town Hall has given us the short end of the stick. The police would have a feast in tickets if they sat for just a day and witnessed life on McKay Road.
Laurene Hofer October 11, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Walnut Place from Woodbury Rd, and from Soundview. Cars as well as industrial/commercial vehicles come through way to fast and much to often. There are children on this road who have to play with a higher risk factor. Backing out of the driveway is now like trying the same manuver on Hempstead Tpke.
Joanne Schmidt October 11, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Central St. in the village. Everyone uses it to avoid Main St. You should see the traffic lined up any time there's a parade or event in town.
Jim R. October 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM
WHat they need to do is post signs on how a roundabout actually works. When you are in the roundabout, you have the right of way. Don't stop to let people in, just keep going. If you are entering the roundabout, you have to yield, hence the yield sign.
Rob October 11, 2012 at 05:12 PM
EXACTLY - Too many people have no clue
Irish Ei's October 11, 2012 at 05:36 PM
The West end of Maple Hill is always dicey for residents who can't see or hear what's on the crest of the hill.I wish they'd just shut it down in the snow !! Mill has always been far too narrow for thru traffic but with the construction it's just Suicidal. The new roundabouts southbound are gonna be really interesting after Last call on a Friday night and for Boat trailers and the Fire Trucks. Lastly, any and all pedestrian crosswalks that hit the middle of the block. Between double parked trucks and fools throwing themselves in front of my car I WILL get rear-ended one of these days.
Laura Graves October 11, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Cold Spring Hills Road,especially between w. 22nd st. and west rogues path. People cut through to get to CSH train station and Woodbury Rod. People drive at dangerous speed sometimes more than 50 mph when the speed limit is 30 and they fly through the stop sign on w 22nd. I fear for the old woman who takes a walk each day with her walker. It really is a matter of enforcement.
d October 11, 2012 at 06:38 PM
50 is being nice. I make a right off Downs and a quick left and I cannot tell you how many times a car just appears up my backside. Very scary. Theres horses and people walking all the time and it does not stop people from flying doen Sweet ollow.
L P October 11, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Sweet Hollow is a way to avaod 110. but as much for its beauty as for convenience. I hope no one EVER try to widen it or otherwise alter this incredibly lovely place. It is narrow in spots, but is too long a stretch to be one way (difficult for the many side streets and driveways that feed onto it) Maybe stop signs that some people will obey? maybe a light or two to break the speed ? But leave this one alone.....
Zeshan Ayub October 11, 2012 at 10:28 PM
It's impossible to turn right or left off of Horton Drive on onto NY Avenue!! couple years ago they expaned the road but residents who live there started to park there and now blocked the view completly! Accident there every few weeks! Yellow light needed for people to slow down on NY avenue heading south by Horton Drive before someone else gets hurt!!!
Bill October 11, 2012 at 10:35 PM
North Woodhull Road, between Park Avenue and East Main Street. It was a speedway before installation of the Stop signs at Beal Court. Now many still speed right through, ignoring the sign. Frequently, a precinct car waits in Beal Court for lawbreakers. We applaud the 2nd Precinct Suffolk Co. police for what ever they can do to stop the speeders. Frankly, speeders and other lawbreakers should pay heavily, and the fines should be used to support local governments, helping a bit to keep taxes lower. One can hope!
Jennifer Sappell October 11, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I ALWAYS avoid Woodbury Rd!
Ann October 12, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Fort Hill Road - cant believe the way drivers speed through stop signs going at least 60 mph. Kids, joggers and bikers beware. Agreed with police wanting to add easy revenue to Suffolk County by just spending a few hours and giving out some well deserved speeding tickets.
JSC October 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM
There seems to be a theme going on here throughout all the posts. We have too many people speeding, ignoring posted signs, being disrespectful of neighborhoods when cutting through... We may not need more signs but we certainly need better drivers! Maybe Sweet Hollow needs some speed bumps to calm traffic. I agree not to widen it, which loses the character of the area and only encourages more cars and trucks to come through. Maybe McKay Rd needs a stop sign or two, but it's too curvy in many places. Cold Spring Hills Rd could use a light in one or two places since stop signs aren't working. With two new roundabouts coming to town, we'd better have a strong on-going educational plan to help people learn how to use them properly. After all these years, the one at Gerard St still isn't being used the way it's supposed to be! People continue to stop in the circle to allow others in - polite yes, correct no!
Pam Robinson (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 01:33 PM
There's a yield sign right in the roundabout for people driving east on Gerard.
VillageJenny October 14, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Fairmount Street in the Village between Nassau Road and New York Avenue. It's the last leg of a shortcut from Park Avenue to New York Avenue. Cars routinely speed down Fairmount Street at up to 50mph, especially Monday to Friday. I see it all the time from my front porch and worry about the many children on our beautiful street. God forbid a child should suddenly run after a ball into the street. There's no way these cars could stop in time. Yes, SCPD could write many tickets if a sector car waited halfway on Myrtle Avenue to catch the speeders. Then again, SCPD could make even more money for the County if they just ticketed the countless drivers texting and talking on cell phones whom I see daily all over Huntington. That's much easier than a speed trap. They are everywhere. What is the point of laws that are not enforced? Especially laws designed to protect life.

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