Fishkill Traffic Analysis

Planning and Development
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner


Mark Debald, Transportation Program Administrator

Fishkill Traffic Analysis Map of Rt. 52 area

The Fishkill Traffic Analysis focused on four concerns in and around Route 52:  

  • Congestion, and in particular, difficulty making left turns from or onto Route 52

  • The use of residential streets to avoid congested locations like Rt. 52 at Jackson and Rt. 9 @ Rt. 52

  • Speeding on neighborhood roads

  • Safety


Village and town officials realized that it wasn’t possible to address the concerns individually – changes anywhere in the system will have effects elsewhere. The goal of the Fishkill Traffic Analysis was to identify potential solutions for the identified issues, while minimizing the effects on the performance of the overall transportation system.    It is important to note that recommendations may change traffic patterns, make some trips different, slower and or less direct.  The challenge is trying to balance the multiple interests involved.

Key Project Dates:
Project Kickoff – August 2005  
Public Meeting # 1 (Existing Conditions) – December 2005 Summary of Public Comments - First Workshop (.pdf)
Public Meeting # 2 (Potential Strategies) – March 2006 Summary of Public Comments - Second Workshop (.pdf)
Supplemental Meeting (Colonial and Shirley Avenue) - June 2006   Final Presentation – April 2007

Issues and Observations
Issues  Observations
Congestion/Delays    11 of 15 intersections operate at LOS D or worse
Speeding on Residential Streets   Travel speed on Rapalje Road exceeds posted speed limit
Cut-Through Traffic CR 34 (Jackson Street) at Route 52 via Florence/Weston to Cary/Luyster 

Route 52 to Route 9 via Jackson Street/Broad Street/Elm Street

Route 52 to Route 9 via Rapalje Road

Route 9 to Route 52 via Church Street
Safety Issues
Crash Rate at 10 of 15 locations exceeds the Statewide Rate High percentage of rear-end and angle crashes due to congestion in the analysis area

The first step involved data collection and an analysis to test the assumptions identified by the village.  Most of those assumptions were confirmed:

  • There is congestion/delay in the area, particularly getting into and out of side streets.

  • Speeding was an issue, particularly on Rapalje Road.

  • People are using local streets to avoid certain intersections along Route 52.

  • There were a high percentage of rear end and angle crashes usually associated with congestion.

Strategy Evaluation
In analyzing potential strategies or improvements, we looked at the effect on:

  • Congestion

  • Cut-through Traffic

  • Speed

  • Safety

Focus Areas

The study concentrated on six areas of concern:

Other Issues

During the course of the analysis, the project team fielded a range of comments, suggestions, complaints, and questions, some of which were outside the study’s scope:

Traffic Enforcement:  concerns about speeding and improper passing can’t be addressed solely through physical changes.  Enforcement and education will continue to be necessary.

Speed Reductions: in particular along Route 9 and Route 52.  NYSDOT looked at this issue and determined that posted speed limits are appropriate for the current geometry and traffic flow conditions.

Road design Features: questions/suggestions regarding lane markings, guide rails, and directional signage. NYSDOT answered that most of the features were appropriate; again they will work with Village and Town on future questions. 

Pedestrian Movements: sidewalks on Route 9 – residents expressed a desire for extended sidewalks on Route 9.  This issue should be further discussed with the Village, Town, and NYSDOT.

Pedestrian Crossings at signals: signal operations vary, usually as result of the number or type of pedestrians.  In places with high volumes, there may be right turn on red prohibitions to provide protected pedestrian crossings.  NYSDOT is willing to work with the Village in reviewing current operations.

Traffic calming in business district: split opinions in first meeting as to whether the reconstruction was good or bad.  The recent project represents a significant public investment will remain.

Route 9 Intersections: one result of this project was improved communication between the Village and NYSDOT on concerns at the Church Street (outside school) and Elm Street intersections. 

Expect some additional analysis and perhaps some changes to operations.
Fishkill Study Area Map (.pdf)    

Existing Conditions Report

- Executive Summary (.pdf) {2.4MB}

- Text (.pdf) {6.4MB}

- Figures (.pdf) {4.9MB}

- Appendices Figures (.pdf) {13.4MB}

Alternatives Technical Memorandum

- Executive Summary (.pdf) {132KB}

- Text (.pdf) {1.9MB}

- Figures (.pdf) {27.8MB}

Final Recommendations

- Executive Summary (.pdf) {396KB}

- Text (.pdf) {1MB}

- Figures (.pdf) {4.8MB}

Cedar Hill RoadFishkill Traffic Analysis Cedar Hill Road Map

Issues: Congestion and in particular making right turns from Cedar Hill Road onto Route 52.

Recommendations: Provide separate turn lanes on Cedar Hill Road as shown in the graphic.

Benefits: A reduction in delay especially for right turn movements from Cedar Hill Road.

Colonial/Shirley Avenue @ Route 52

The intersections of Colonial and Shirley Avenues were the most challenging of the areas examined.  This is a self contained neighborhood of about 150 households.  This neighborhood has two ways in and out, either Colonial Avenue or Shirley Avenue, which are very close to one another.

Issue: Difficulty getting into or out of this neighborhood (particularly making left turns during peak periods).

Recommendations: The potential solutions presented in March 2006 prompted much discussion and objection Fishkill Traffic Analysis Colonial/Shirley Avenue @ Route 52 Mapfrom neighborhood residents, so a supplemental meeting was held in June 2006 to look at potential strategies in more detail.

At the end of that meeting, the attendees were given an opportunity to identify a preference.

The technical analysis resulted in a recommendation to place a traffic signal and turn pocket at one of the intersections, and to limit the other to right turns in and right turns out.

Benefits:  The technical recommendation

  • Eliminates left turn movements at one intersection

  • Reduces rear-end accidents at both/either

  • Reduces delay on both/either

There was a lively discussion at the meeting, and great concern about concentrating/increasing traffic at whatever road had the signal as well as the impact of potential property takings.

The majority of residents in attendance at the June meeting voiced a preference to not make any improvements.Fishkill Traffic Analysis Rapalje Rd Map

Rapalje Road

Issue: Speeding.

Recommendations: The first recommendation is to restrict left turns from Route 52 eastbound into Rapalje Road.

The second is a full enhancement of Rapalje Road with sidewalks, streetscape, reduced pavement width, and implementation of a speed table to reduce the wide open feeling of the road, and reinforce the neighborhood’s character.

Rapalje Road under existing conditions with a wide pavement.

Fishkill Traffic Analysis Existing Condition on Rapalje Rd.


Below shows a context sensitive treatment on Rapalje Road. It provides sidewalks, lighting, and most importantly a speed table along Rapalje Road. The speed table is to be placed somewhere along the road not necessarily where it is shown on the graphic. 

Fishkill Traffic Analysis Recommendation for Rapalje Rd



Lane narrowing along with a context sensitive treatment would reduce travel speeds in this corridor.

Benefits: Reduction in travel speeds, may reduce cut-through traffic, enhances non-motorized movements

Broad-Smith-Elm Fishkill Traffic Analysis Broad/Elm Streets Map

The next area we will be focusing on is the area south of Route 52 and West of Route 9.  It includes Broad Street, Smith Street and Elm Street to name a few of the major roads.

Issue: Cut-through traffic.



  • Restricting movements to right-in/right-out at the Route 52/Cary Avenue intersection

  • Speed tables on Broad Street

  • All-way stop signs at Smith Street/Elm Street and Broad Street/Jackson Street intersections (the Broad Street Jackson Street intersection has already been signed.)

  • Defined intersection of Smith and Elm street with striping and pavement markings

  • Installing pavement striping and marking on Broad Street, Smith Street, and Elm Street to improve visibility in this section


  • Improves visibility of the corridor

  • May reduce travel speeds

  • May reduce cut-through traffic

Luyster - Cary – WestonFishkill Traffic Analysis Luyster - Cary - Weston Map

The area North of Route 52 and West of Jackson Street.  It includes Luyster Place, Cary Avenue and Weston Avenue to name a few of the major roads.

Issue: Cut-through traffic.


  • Implement half closures at the Wood Place/Luyster Place and Cary Avenue/Weston Avenue intersections,  (this will result in new traffic patterns)  The diagrams are essentially the same but differ because one is for a three-way intersection and the other is for a four way intersection.

  • Implementation of these half closures would prohibit traffic coming southbound on Jackson from turning right onto either Florence Avenue or Weston Avenue and then turning onto Luyster Place or Cary Avenue.  It would allow the reverse movement though.

  • This will result in new traffic patterns for everyone including residents in the neighborhood. 

In addition speed humps are recommended along Florence Avenue and Weston Avenue, the location shown on the diagram is not the exact location for instillation.


  • Reduces cut-through traffic

  • Reduces travel speeds

The recommendations will impact the signal at Jackson Street and Route 52, but it would still operate at acceptable levels.

Route 52 CorridorFishkill Traffic Analysis Rt. 52 Corridor Map

The final area is Route 52 from Jackson Street west to Interstate 84. 

Issue: Congestion due to the timing of traffic lights

Recommendation: Coordinate the timing of traffic lights so that traffic is managed efficiently on Route 52 to reduce backups.


  • Improves traffic flow on Route 52

  • Allows gaps in traffic for turning movements

  • Reduces accidents

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