Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus was on Titusville Road in the Town of LaGrange today to check in with Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW) crews as they installed signage to identify the future Dutchess Rail Trail. Concrete jersey barriers to prevent illegal access were also installed.
“Residents are very excited about our new Dutchess Rail Trail, but don’t always realize just where the trail is located. Many people don’t realize they pass by one of the trail’s road crossings every day. These new signs will help them to know exactly where the Dutchess Rail Trail is,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
The Dutchess Rail Trail is the planned 11.8 mile multi-use linear county park that is a centerpiece of the County Executive’s Comprehensive Parks Expansion Plan. The new county park will run through the middle of the County along the former Maybrook Rail corridor and including the towns of East Fishkill, LaGrange, Poughkeepsie and Wappinger. Signage will be installed at 12 points along the future trail.
DPW crews also put concrete jersey barriers in place to prevent All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) riders from illegally riding along the trail. ATV’s can damage the surface that has been prepared for blacktop. The County Executive has worked with the Dutchess County Sheriff Department to provide a dedicated sheriff ATV patrol along the Dutchess Rail Trail. The patrol has proven very successful in reducing the number of ATV riders illegally using the trail.
The concrete jersey barriers are also intended to help prevent illegal dumping. “Unfortunately, a few people have found the trail to be an easy place to dump old appliances, mattresses and other items. There barriers will help to prevent this from happening,” said the County Executive.
“We are very excited about the construction of the Dutchess Rail Trail. I am happy to be able to share with the public this next step forward in making the trail a reality,” concluded the County Executive.