In anticipation of continued heavy traffic on routes leading to Southampton and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club during the 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. hours from now through Sunday, the Joint Police Operations team has made a series of adjustments to improve flow.
Additional signage has been installed along CR 31 near main spectator lots at Gabreski Airport to better define traffic patterns. Local and county police have switched many main-route traffic lights to flashing to avoid unnecessary stops during peak hours, and traffic posts continue to be monitored to react to changing patterns in real time. Officers are directing traffic at main intersections during heavy traffic times.
The Joint Police Operations team is warning east-bound local workers, homeowners and those associated with the championship to expect significant delays, and to make every effort necessary to avoid travel during these times. Areas impacted including those along Montauk Highway, NY 27, CR 39, and NY 24.
Traffic during the morning hours within a 10-mile vicinity of Southampton can expect delays of up to 2 hours on main roads during peak periods and should adjust their planning times accordingly.
U.S. Open fans are urged to travel to the championship via the Long Island Railroad, which provides door-to-door access between New York City and the main spectator gate within a 2.5-hour travel commute. To view schedules and routes, seewww.mta.info/lirr.
It is important to note that the area has already experienced tremendous growth in vehicular traffic since the U.S. Open was last staged at Shinnecock Hills, leading to road widening programs and lane additions since 2004 along main commuter routes.