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Updated 5/14/2018, 11:13 am
The Town of Southampton is proud to host the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills from June 11 through June 17. Preparations are underway to make sure traffic will run smoothly before, during and after the event. The Town has been working closely with Suffolk County, the State of New York and the USGA to plan for the event. There will be several road changes and a few road closures to accommodate buses that will be shuttling the thousands of spectators expected.“The advantage of having hosted the event before helps the Town tremendously,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “We have a greater sense of what works and what’s needed to keep traffic flowing.”The US Open was last played at Shinnecock in 2004. Like before, the Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach will be used for parking and a staging area for buses. Spectators will go through a security checkpoint and then board buses to the event. Unlike the 2004 event, there will also be a parking area east of the US Open site at the Bridgehampton Hampton Classic grounds to shuttle spectators to the course. In addition, the Hampton Jitney will be taking spectators from Montauk to the US Open.The Long Island Railroad is also adding additional train cars and a temporary stop at the Stony Brook Southampton Campus to accommodate the large crowds expected. As in past US Open events, a temporary pedestrian bridge will be erected over County Road 39 at Tuckahoe Road. To that end, County Road 39 will be closed for 8 hours from 9pm on Wednesday May 16th to 5am on Thursday May 17th between Shrubland Road to Tuckahoe Lane to move the bridge into place. Electronic signs are up to help drivers take alternate detours during that time. Residents living in the Greenfield Road and St. Andrews West area will be permitted into the area with proof of identification.During the US Open, Uber and car service drop-offs will be restricted to the designated area at Stony Brook/Southampton Campus from Montauk Highway only June 11th-June 19th. Bicyclists and pedestrians can enter via the Stony Brook/ Southampton Pedestrian Bridge. There will be bike racks at the campus parking lot. Detailed information on travel restrictions during the week of the US Open can be found on the Town’s website www.southamptontownny.gov