Corey Beach intersection just got safer

Crosswalks to be installed


Following an additional pedestrian count conducted by the Suffolk County Department of Public Works at the intersection of Middle Road and Corey Avenue in Blue Point, it was determined that crosswalks and requisite signage would be installed at all four approaches of the intersection in spring of 2022.

Legis. Rob Calarco (D-7th District) was described as a “longtime proponent” of improving the safety at the intersection, according to Blue Point Civic Association president Jason Borowski.

Calarco’s office was first contacted two years ago by community members in Blue Point who were concerned for pedestrians at the busy intersection, which includes an active beach and restaurants.

“The initial traffic study of the area unfortunately indicated that no additional safety measures were warranted. When Bodhi’s opened up this year, it brought an increase in foot traffic to Corey Beach and the surrounding area,” said Borowski.

With the concern renewed in the community, Calarco then directed a second, expedited traffic study to be conducted to assess and determine the best course of action following this new development.

“We are very thankful that Legis. Calarco’s resilience and dedication to this issue has led to tangible change that will make the intersection safer for everyone who enjoys Corey Beach and the surrounding amenities,” said Borowski.

While the Suffolk County Department of Public Works stated that the traffic conditions did not meet the criteria for stop signs, they did note that increased pedestrian crossings warranted the installation of crosswalks and signage.

The Department of Public Works strictly adheres to the standards set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“The safety of residents is always our top priority, and I am hopeful that installing the crosswalks and associated signage will mitigate the potential for accidents in this area,” said Calarco

The purpose of the crosswalks and requisite signage is to raise awareness of pedestrians in the area with motorists, so that they will proceed with caution.

The Department of Public Works is continuing to monitor the pedestrian traffic, as well as traffic volume, to determine if additional traffic control measures are warranted.

While Middle Road is a county road, Brookhaven councilman Neil Foley (R-5th District) was also instrumental in relaying the community members’ concerns to Calarco.

“As the local town councilman, I’m the first level of government people turn to. My door is always open, and I’m the people’s voice when we come to bridging the gap of communication with county, state, or federal government. This was a very dangerous issue that needed to be addressed,” said Foley.


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