Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus participated in a design work session this afternoon on the preliminary design of the Dutchess Rail Trail, the proposed 11.8 mile multi-use linear park that will run through the middle of the County along the former Maybrook Rail corridor and including the towns of Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Wappinger and East Fishkill.
Clough, Harbour and Associates (CHA), the firm retained by the County to provide engineering design services for the project, and representatives from the County Department of Public Works provided updated elements of the preliminary design including alternatives and options for trail surface treatments, access points, parking facilities, amenities, and roadway crossings.
According to County Executive Steinhaus, “We are considering how multiple kinds of uses of the trail can be provided which dictates different types of surfaces, different widths and potential splitting of the trail for different uses. I am pleased with the progress made and we will be ready shortly to submit our design to the New York Department of Transportation.”
The county design team presented various options and some preferred design suggestions for the various roadway crossings of the rail trail, which include the construction of bridges over Titusville Road in Lagrange and the northerly crossing of Route 376 in the Fishkill Plains hamlet of the town of East Fishkill. The construction of grade-separated crossings at other locations is also being studied.
Commissioner of Public Works Michael Murphy and the County Department of Public Works design team expect to present the various design alternatives studied to the County Legislature and local communities later this fall. Budget requirements are also expected to soon be finalized which is expected to include a majority of funding coming from federal dollars.
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “This is a process that has gained great momentum and we will have many more meetings before the project is completed. I believe the final design will be embraced by county residents and the new rail trail park will become an enormously popular destination for Dutchess County families and visitors.”
Construction is planned for 2007.