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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
April 14, 2000
County Executive Announces Myers
Corners Road Rehabilitation
Poughkeepsie, NY - Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced
today the Myers Comers Road highway improvement project in the Town of Wappinger
is now fully underway.
mile rehabilitation of Myers Comers Road is taking place on the section of road
between All Angels Hill Road and Henry Drive in the Town of Wappinger. The total
cost is $970,000 including federal, state and county dollars. Myers Comers
Road carries approximately 10,500 motorists per day. It is home to Laerdal
Manufacturing and two schools, including Roy C. Ketcham High School. Myers
Comers Road is also 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 6 feet so pedestrians and bicyclists could also safely utilize the
roadway. A large concrete box culvert has been replaced. Other drainage
improvements will be completed and existing guide rails shall be also replaced.
The existing horizontal and vertical alignment or path of the road will not be
significantly changed. The project has been designed and inspected by DPW's
in-house engineering staff and is being constructed by the low bid contractor.
"The improvements to Myers 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."
Steinhaus said, "The preparation work will
go on into May when actual paving will begin. Landscaping, guide rail and other
work will continue into June.
The Executive pointed out, "In 1998 we did
reconstruction on a 1600 foot section of Myers Comers Road 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 two years we will have made an investment of over 1.5 million
dollars in the infrastructure of the Myers Comers Road area," Steinhaus noted.
"There is significant traffic on Myers Comers Road so it is important to
continually maintain the roadway for the safety of our residents."
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