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

For Immediate Release

May 26, 1999


Transportation Council Adopts Capital Program

Poughkeepsie-- Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus, chairperson of the Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council (PDCTC), announced that the Council had unanimously adopted the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2000-2004 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Poughkeepsie metropolitan area at its meeting on May 26, 1999. The TIP is the Transportation Council’s capital program, and it lists the federally-funded transportation projects that will be implemented during the next five years.

The 2000-2004 TIP emphasizes maintenance and preservation of the existing regional transportation system. Approximately $80 million in matched federal aid is devoted to state, county and local pavement and bridge preservation, $14 million to transit, $12 million to capacity improvements, and $55 million to other highway projects (safety, intersection improvements, etc.). The TIP includes seven new highway and bridge projects totaling over $11.2 million dollars.

Significant transportation projects that are scheduled for design or construction in the next three years include:

Reconstruction of East Market Street (CR 41) in Hyde Park; design to begin in November 1999;

Reconstruction of Bruzgul Road (CR 21) in Union Vale; design to begin in November 1999;

Widening Route 9 between Mesier Avenue and Myers Corners Road in Wappingers Falls and Wappinger; design to begin in 2002;

Resurfacing Route 52 between Route 9 and Interstate-84 in Fishkill; design is underway, construction to begin in May 2000;

Resurface South Avenue in Beacon; design to begin in August 1999;

Safety improvement on Beekman Road (CR 9) in East Fishkill and Beekman; design to begin in November 1999;

Safety improvements on Noxon Road (CR21) in LaGrange; design to begin in August 2000;

Safety improvements on Route 9W in Lloyd (Ulster County); design is underway, construction to begin in October 2000; and

Purchase replacement buses for the Dutchess County LOOP and City of Poughkeepsie Transit systems.

The FFY 2000-2004 TIP also includes several High-Priority projects that were included in the federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) passed by Congress in mid-1998. These projects include the completion of the parking garage and intermodal center at the Poughkeepsie train station, the construction of a multi-use trail on the former Maybrook railroad right-of-way between Hopewell Junction and Poughkeepsie, and the installation of a landscaped median on Route 9 in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

The Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council is responsible for transportation planning and programming in the Poughkeepsie metropolitan area which includes Dutchess County and the Town of Lloyd. In addition to County Executive William R. Steinhaus, the Transportation Council includes representation from Ulster County, the New York State Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and local municipalities.


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