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PHOTOS: Traffic Backs Up On Sound Avenue

Traffic stands still starting at Macari Vineyards on Sound Avenue in Mattituck on Sunday evening.

If you were on the road heading west — "up-Island" — late Sunday afternoon, you had a slow go on Sound Avenue.

The Southold Town Planning Board has acknowledged that on Sound Avenue, as are other wineries and farm stands along that roadway and Route 25 on the weekends.

What is your plan of attack to get through weekend traffic? Feel free to comment in the boxes below.

Vin Ricciardi October 10, 2011 at 10:46 AM
East bound Rte 48 on Saturday afternoon was backed up from Harbes to the 495 (LIE) turn in Wading River. Cause, every 2 foot someone was crossing the road and every 3 feet someone was trying to park. Why can't Harbes rope off his parking lot so it has ONLY one entrance/exit (on each side of the road) and ONLY one place to cross the road. Is that to much to ask?
Bonnie L Wicks MacDonald October 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM
good suggestion, Sound Ave during the month of October needs some sort of traffic control, cars pull in and out without concern for the on coming traffic, and people with children, just march thru the parked cars, unseen, to cross the street...for those of us that live along Sound Ave. getting out of our homes is risky, and almost impossible on the weekends...Would hate to think of emergency vehicles needing to venture thru this maze, this is something that should be looked into, before someone is hurt or worse...
indy October 10, 2011 at 11:20 AM
Because that would be LOGICAL. But In today's world logical means less profit so the Harbes' will do all they can to do NOTHING. Do you really think the Harbes family gives a flying eff that traffic is backed up? All they see are dollar signs rolling down 48.
maureen October 10, 2011 at 11:20 AM
I agree with the above - Harbes needs to get a handle on its parking and pedestrian problem - Southold Police/taxpayers should not have to take care of it for them.
forward thinking October 10, 2011 at 11:42 AM
police, traffic control will alieviate the accident and injury potential but not solve the traffic, part of the mystique and thrill of picking etc is the traffic andthe pain for the driver (usually a 70 hr worker who tries to make up for away from home ). locals go peconic blvd to get west, others tough it out on 25. they could go the way of pumpkinville or to satisfy some sell to a developer and rest the rest og their lives with the income from the salle....
Bill Edwards October 10, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Right now we have traffic for a few weekends a year from folks who come here, spend their money, and GO HOME. And we all know how to take Peconic Bay Blvd. when it gets bad. But if the (largely) unpreserved farms get developed you can expect to see this type of traffic every day. Let's help the farmers, not attack them!
Meryl Greenbaum October 10, 2011 at 12:50 PM
On Saturday I was traveling east on Sound Ave to my home. I had to go 2 mph. There must be some creative solution. The Harbes are entitled to make a living. The locals are entitled to travel without being stalled in traffic. Let's hear some ideas.
John October 10, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Lets be honest here, it's not only Harbes (although they seem to be the largest and most frequented), it's every pumpkin patch, winery, distillery, farm stand, and every farm field with a barn or a horse along the North road. It's October, this is what happens in October. You can suggest traffic control, and more parking attendants, or whatever, the people driving are going to slow down or stop to gawk regardless of who is telling them to do whatever. Half the time they do not know beforehand where they are going, a lot of deciding is on impulse "oh this looks nice lets stop here". Honestly I do not know if there is a workable solution to the congestion, traffic officers might make it a little safer for pedestrians but will do nothing to reduce the amount of cars or speed up flow.
JOMAC October 10, 2011 at 01:43 PM
(Addendum to Yesterday's comment on traffic) We have Pumpkin pickers and wine afficianados, combined with day trippers, sightseers, and the local public trying to get from Point A to Point B. Local events, while a welcome boon to our businesses, MUST be balanced with public safety. If not, it is simply a question of "WHEN" the next tragedy will strike, and it will be too late for THAT victim and their family. Let's sit down, and bring some ideas to the table. Maybe bring in the NYS DOT and see if we can tunnel under 25 and 48? Maybe something similar to the Jones Beach underpasses... There is enough Real Estate at these venues, to sacrifice a little bit, to ensure public safety. We must dedicate specific parking areas with proper ingress and egress locations. The idea that this traffic only occurs "a few weekends a year in October", just no longer holds water. Volume is steadily heavy, and PEAKS in October/November. What shall we do, wait for more people to get hit by cars, an/or killed? Will it take the unnecessary death of a child who wanders unseen into the roadway, before we say ENOUGH? Let's be Proactive here, people, and avert tragedy while making the traffic patterns flow more freely. The more I think about it, the more I like the underground tunnels from one side to another. Seems like it could work. Just an idea to get the thought processes rolling... Anyone else?
JET October 10, 2011 at 02:07 PM
I miss the old days before we were discovered.
Bonnie L Wicks MacDonald October 10, 2011 at 04:56 PM
me too....
Erin Schultz (Editor) October 10, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Maureen Gonzalez asked on Facebook: "How about a bypass lane?"
Barbara Kujawski October 10, 2011 at 07:59 PM
I live next to Harbes- on the two weekends that are impassable- I do my chores early in the morning and realize I am in for the rest of the day. If I can deal with it so can you. The Harbes family have been good neighbors and give a lot back to the community. I would rather have day trippers come and enjoy our beautiful area and then go home then have another housing development with increased every day traffic and more stress on our local schools, roads and other services.
DianeW October 10, 2011 at 10:08 PM
I went up-island around 1:00 in the afternoon and had no problem because I was going against the traffic.But I have never seen as much traffic heading east!!. I felt sorry for families stuck in their cars with excited little pumpkin pickers asking "when are we going to be there". It was a beautiful day and a holiday weekend. Good for the economy but that is easy for me to say...I was headed west.
joann deangleo October 10, 2011 at 11:43 PM
people driving cars are spending money on the North Fork and than they go home.Many people have jobs because of all these visitors be nice to them.
forward thinking October 11, 2011 at 04:46 AM
for farmers to make good living without gimmicks -you would have to pay 2 to 3 x what you do. could you stand for it - -no - but you will pay excessive $$ for gas-- the more traffic the more $$ for them - good for them -- we always could remind ourselves what farm land is by driving on the south forn fri nite to east hampton or any morning in the summer from 7 to 8
forward thinking October 11, 2011 at 04:48 AM
north road one way am and at 6 pm reverse - hmmmmm - rt 25 opposite--
Bonnie L Wicks MacDonald October 11, 2011 at 05:55 PM
I was not attacking the farmers, just vocalizing concern for pedestrian, and vehicle traffic along Sound Ave. From Rte 25A in Wading River right down Sound Ave, beginning with Lewins farms, this area has become a nitemare for drivers, and its not just in October, strawberry picking, peach picking, tomatoe, eggplant, peppers, apples..and now, it's pumpkins... and November-December, we have the Christmas farms...this is no longer, a few weekends a year, and hasn't been for the past three years. Having been in western suffolk this past weekend, there was traffic in and around the farms, but all that we passed had some sort of traffic control, which made the trip much safer, the traffic moved without long delays, and pedestrians crossed, with all traffic stopped, at regular intervals, which is much safer for everyone.
indy October 11, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Bravo, Mashed Potatos... bravo.
forward thinking October 11, 2011 at 10:39 PM
HMMMM I WONDER IF THOSE COMPLAINING WOULD PAY MORE TAXES TO KEEP LAND OPEN... SOME WANTS TO GET RID OF TRUSTEES, FIX TRAFFIC, DONT HAVE POL. SIGNS, WATCH OUT HELICOPTERS, LETS NOT HAVE NICE STORES LIKE CVS AND 7-11 - LETS KEEP THE FORMER GLORIOUS BUILDINGS ALL WHILE CUTTING TAXES... AND DURING LUNCH CLEAN UP AFTER IRENE .. DOUBLE THE TAXES ON FARN / AMUSEMENT PEOPLE ... NICE NEIGHBORS - IF IT WERE ME I'D SELL TO DEVELOPERS AND RETIRE TO A NO NOISE AREA AND READ THE PATCH.
DAVID SAILOR October 12, 2011 at 02:59 PM
THANK GOD WE HAVE TRAFFIC COMING TO THE NORTH FORK ON WEEK-ENDS THESE PEOPLE ARE WHAT KEEPS MONEY FLOWING INTO THE ECONOMY OF THE EAST END. YES I MISS THE PEACE AND QUIET OF FORTY YEARS AGO BUT THAT IS THE PRICE WE PAY FOR PROGRESS, WE ARE SMART ENOUGH TO FIGURE OUT A SOLUTION TO THE TRAFFIC FLOW AND SHOULD NOT SINGLE OUT ANY ONE FAMILY OR BUSINESS. WE ALL PROFIT IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER BY THE DOLLARS SPENT ON THE NORTH FORK ALL YEAR ROUND
Joann October 19, 2011 at 02:35 AM
I think the North Fork looks great in Oct....the leaves changing..the pumpkin pickin, etc. As a North Fork Resident & Artist, I love photographing & painting the farm stands with the children carrying pumpkins almost a big as they are....It comes & goes so quickly that we can put up with the traffic...we just must be more careful... www.JoannCorretti.com
Jeff August 20, 2012 at 05:22 PM
My aunt and uncle built their house north of sound ave on edwards ave. My family moved to Miller Place. We all wanted the country. If we wanted the hustle and bustle, we would head west. If we wanted country, we would head east. I remember when there was nothing past Rocy Point. Pumpkin picking was a joy...No major traffic jams. Just locals who enjoyed the laid back, mellow vibe. I remember visiting my aunt and uncle and taking Sound Ave was like driving upstate. I remember driving home from Mattituck at 11:30 on a Summer night on sound ave, and not seeing a SINGLE car until I got to William Floyd. Now, it is disgusting what has happened to Sound Ave. These wineries have gotten out of control..going from wine tasting, to concerts and full blown all out day events. It sickens me to see all these people who don't live out here clog the roads of the locals. And now they bus people in from the city. I mean, big tour buses!! I remember driving on Sound ave and only seeing Potato trucks. I hate all the newbies and all the traffic that prevents me from getting to my destinations that I have been going to for over 30 years. Sound ave has become forever changed for the worse...I have travelled the states and let me tell you..there are roads like the natchez in mississippi that is a joy to travel..no traffic, no headaches. we have lost all that here on the island. If I could, I would move out of here in a heartbeat.

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