Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has proposed a $2.9 million bond resolution to fund the Dutchess County 2008 Highway and Bridge Improvement Program for ongoing improvements to the 394 - mile County Highway System, which also includes 312 bridges.
The total cost of the 2008 Highway and Bridge Improvement Program is $5,529,000. The County anticipates receiving annual Consolidated Highway Improvement Program Funds (CHIPS) from New York State, which will reduce the net cost to county government to $2,935,500.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “The County Highway System is vital to the safe and efficient movement of people, goods and services within and through Dutchess. We must continue to preserve and improve our assets and infrastructure. Now is the ideal time to take advantage of low interest rates for long term investment in infrastructure, so we can get the work done and achieve savings to property taxpayers over the long term. ”
This year’s request includes funding for the following programs:
- Pavement Management Program
- Guide Rail Replacement Program
- Bridge and Culvert Projects
- Miscellaneous Highway Improvement
The bridge and culvert projects scheduled to begin in 2008 include the replacement of Culvert L22 at the intersection of Noxon Road (CR 21) and Titusville Road (CR 49) in the Town of LaGrange as well as Culvert R6 on Violet Hill Road (CR101) in the Town of Rhinebeck. The Violet Hill Road project will also include improvements to the road’s existing alignment.
The rehabilitation of the bridge decking on Noxon Road is also planned. The existing concrete bridge is showing signs of advanced wear and deterioration. The project plans include funding for temporary traffic signals in order to keep Noxon Road open to traffic during the construction.
The 2008 Highway and Bridge Improvement Program includes additional funding for the several federal aid projects listed on the Dutchess County Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Significant cost escalations in recent years have pushed the total costs above the committed funding provided from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). Those projects include:
- Crum Elbow Road Bridge over Fallkill Creek in the Town of Hyde Park.
- Dog Tail Corners Road Bridge over Tenmile River in the Town of Dover.
- Amenia Union Road Bridge over Mill Brook in the Town of Amenia.
- Dover Furnace Road Bridge over Metro-North Railroad in the Town of Dover.
“As costs continue to increase, we prefer to not push these important infrastructure projects out. We have an obligation to our residents and visitors to ensure our roads and infrastructure are in good repair and are safe to travel,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.
The bond request was submitted to the Legislature on April 15th, 2008 for discussion at their May 12th board meeting and for final voting consideration at the June 11th board meeting.