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Southampton PD issues traffic alerts in advance of services for fallen detective

(Updated- Feb. 18) Southampton Town Police have issued a traffic alert for the Hampton Bays area this week in connection with wake and funeral services for NYPD Det. Brian Simonsen on Monday and Tuesday.

Motorists should expect traffic delays on Montauk Highway on Monday from 6 to 10 p.m. and on Tuesday from 1 to 10 p.m., police said in a press release.

The following roads will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday:

  • Montauk Highway from Flanders Road (State Route 24) to Old Riverhead Road;
  • Squiretown Road from Montauk Highway to Old Riverhead Road;
  • Ponquogue Avenue from Montauk Highway to Good Ground Road; and
  • Springville Road from Montauk Highway to Good Ground Road.

There will be no parking on Montauk Highway from Flanders Road to Canoe Place Road from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Police urge motorists to avoid Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays if possible on Wednesday.

Simonsen, 42, of Calverton, died in the line of duty Feb. 12 after responding to call about an armed robbery in progress. He was a 19-year veteran of the New York City Police Department.

Wake and funeral services are taking place at St. Rosalie R.C. Church in Hampton Bays Monday evening, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. Burial will be at Jamesport Cemetery on Main Road in Jamesport following a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Rosalie’s.

Riverhead Police said on Monday that motorists should expect delays on State Route 25 from County Route 105 in Riverhead to Laurel Lane in Laurel due to the funeral procession. Delays are expected to begin around 11 a.m. and continue through the early afternoon, police said.

South Jamesport Avenue in Jamesport will be closed between State Route 25 and North Railroad Avenue beginning at 11 a.m. for approximately 90 minutes, police said.

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