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

For Immediate Release

June 15, 1999


Steinhaus Announces Hyde Park Water
and Road
Improvements Begin

Poughkeepsie, NY - Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce that the installation of the water pipeline along St. Andrews Rd. in Hyde Park has begun today. This pipeline will eventually serve the Route 9G and Harbourd Hills area of Hyde Park and is the first expansion of the Hyde Park Water System since the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority (WWA) acquired it one year ago.

The pipeline is being installed at the same time as the Department of Public Works (DPW) completes the reconstruction of St. Andrews Rd. "We are coordinating our departments to save our taxpayers and our ratepayers money," states Steinhaus. "The road work needed to be completed now, but we are taking this time to install the pipeline as well. Although the pipeline is a longer term project, by installing it now allows us to avoid duplication of services later on. We are making county government run more cost effectively and efficiently, thus saving local property taxpayer monies."

The St. Andrews Rd. pipeline projected is expected to be completed later in the summer at which time the DPW will finish the road reconstruction phase. This construction includes the addition of a five foot wide shoulder, improvements to the existing drainage system and the installation of guide rails. It is anticipated the project will be completed in the 1999 construction season.

During the road construction phase which is scheduled to begin in late July or early August, one lane will be used for two-way traffic which a flag person will direct. During this period some delays can be expected between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM. After 4:00 PM both lanes will reopen until 8:30 the next morning.

By the end of this month the WWA will also be in the process of constructing a new Route 9 water main that will connect the Staatsburg Water System to the Hyde Park Water System. "When the Water and Wastewater Authority acquired the Hyde Park Water System, the objective was to provide a larger base over which costs could be shared," Steinhaus noted. Scott Chase, Executive Director of the WWA added, "The combination of both the St. Andrews Rd. waterline and the Route 9 water main are evidence that we are on our way to making our plan a reality."


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