Officials Working to Improve Traffic Around the U.S. Open

With the U.S. Open tournament officially starting on Thursday at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton Town police said they are trying to make improvements to the traffic flow after days of heavy traffic during the practice rounds. 

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, police said they are working with the Southampton Village Police Department "to modify traffic signal sequence timing in a continued effort to optimize traffic flow through the area during the U.S. Open." 

According to social media posts, Southampton Village was practically gridlocked during the evening commute on Monday and Tuesday. Some said it took them over two hours to go from Southampton Village to Hampton Bays. 

Traffic signal lights at several intersections along Montauk Highway and on County Road 39 had already been set to flash to avoid unnecessary stops during peak hours. Officers have been directing traffic at main intersections during heavy traffic times.

Police have also worked with the U.S.G.A. to modify some of the original shuttle bus movements. Traffic lanes on County Road 31, near Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, have been better defined to improve traffic flow, police said Tuesday. 

"We are urging all those who are traveling to the championship to utilize the Long Island Rail Road to help relieve congestion and avoid vehicular traffic delays," police said. The L.I.R.R. is adding additional trains this weekend to accommodate U.S. Open fans. To view schedules and routes visit the L.I.R.R website

The heaviest traffic is from 5 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. "Although significant steps have been taken to keep traffic moving, the volume of attendees and resultant traffic expected will likely create delays throughout the morning," the police statement said. "If possible, please be flexible with your travel times, and if you must travel during these hours, prepare accordingly." 

For a list of all travel info and road closures, visit the town's website