News Release



For More Information:

William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

For Immediate Release

April 14, 1999


County Executive Announces $921,000 Local Savings in
Meyers Corners Road Rehabilitation

Poughkeepsie, NY - County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced a 1.82 mile stretch of Meyers Comers Road will under go a $970,000 rehabilitation, yet only cost the county $48,500. The Department of Public Works (DPW) has successfully secured $921,500 in federal and state funding for the project.

"The $921,500 is, in essence, a savings to local county property taxpayers," Steinhaus said. "Our goal has always been to be creative and find alternative funding mechanisms other than local property taxes. We have achieved a great savings to property taxpayers and a great infrastructure investment on their behalf."

The rehabilitation of Meyers Comers road will take place on the section of road between All Angels Hill Road and Henry Drive in the Town of Wappinger. Meyers Comers Road carries approximately 10,500 motorists per day. It is home to Laerdal Manufacturing and two schools, including Roy C. Ketcham High School.

Meyers Comers Road is a major east/west corridor. The scope of the project includes the rehabilitation of the existing worn out pavement and shoulder by a combination of milling and repaving work. The shoulders will be widened to at least 5 feet so pedestrians and bicyclists could also safely utilize the roadway. A large concrete box culvert will be replaced along with other drainage improvements; existing guide rails shall be also replaced. The existing horizontal and vertical alignment or path of the road will not be changed. The project will be designed and inspected by DPW's in-house engineering staff and constructed by the low bid contractor.

"The improvements to Meyers Comers Road will serve multiple purposes," Steinhaus noted. "It will repair the road surface causing less wear on residents' cars. It will improve drainage thus reducing the chance of   flooding. It will provide a safer environment for family bicycling and those joining the growing number of  people walking for exercise. The repairs will visually enhance the area without the severe financial burden normally associated with such projects."

"I am delighted that a project of such a magnitude is coming to the Town of Wappinger," Barbara Gutzler, Dutchess County Legislator said. "The County Executive and his staff are keenly aware, as am I, of the dire need to rehabilitate the entire road for traffic safety."

The county DPW has applied and obtained $776,500 of funding under the federal ISTEA (Intermodal Surface Transportation Act), and $145,500 under the state Machiselli Fund. The share of project costs is apportioned as federal 80%, state 15% and county 5%. 

"Dutchess County has been so successful in attracting federal dollars that our Commissioner of Public Works, Paul Cassillo, is actually speaking at an American Public Works Association conference on exactly this topic," said Steinhaus. Mr. Cassillo will address the conference which will be watched around the county by satellite transmission on Wednesday, April 14, 1999. The conference brochure writes that, "Cassillo will share valuable examples and experiences with regard to the process used by Dutchess County to get federal funding..."

Provided the resolution passes during the Legislature's May meeting and all agreements are completed, the rehabilitation project will start early fall and be complete in approximately two months. "It is always a great feeling to make improvements to the county,"stated Steinhaus. "But it is an especially great feeling when we can do it without a direct burden to our county budget."

In 1998 Meyers Comers Road had reconstruction on a 1600 foot section east of NYS Route 9 in the Town of Wappinger, in the area of Hollowbrook Road, and the Wappingers Plaza (formerly Walbaums). The project at the time cost approximately $575,000. "Within just a year we have made a $1,545,000 investment in the infrastructure of the Meyer Comers Road area," Steinhaus noted. "There is significant traffic on Meyer Comers Road so it is important to continually maintain the roadway for the safety of our residents."



County Executive Press Releases