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Transportation Council
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner

 

2017-2018 Accomplishments

The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) worked with member agencies and stakeholders on a variety of short- and long-range planning initiatives, data collection, and capital programming activities during the 2017-2018 program year, completing the following major tasks:
 

  • Completed the Village of Millerton Pedestrian Plan, which identifies ways to improve pedestrian access and safety in the Village Center. The Pedestrian Plan establishes a vision for creating a more walkable, pedestrian-friendly Village, and includes an inventory of sidewalks and other infrastructure, and documents a series of prioritized recommendations. The Plan was developed in coordination with a volunteer task force with members from the Village of Millerton and Town of North East.

 

  • Completed substantial work on a Downtown Parking Improvement Plan for the City of Poughkeepsie. The Parking Plan will help ensure that the City’s parking system is operated and managed efficiently and effectively, consistent with the City’s redevelopment goals for the downtown. The Parking Plan includes an inventory of available on-street and off-street parking capacity, both public and private, and an analysis of actual parking usage and payment compliance. To be completed in 2018, the Plan will provide a prioritized implementation strategy to improve parking operations under existing conditions and with planned future development.

 

  • Conducted a Safety Assessment (SA) of the intersection of Main St./Worrall Ave./Innis Ave. in the City of Poughkeepsie. The SA, which is based on FHWA’s Road Safety Audit (RSA) process, supports our goal to improve transportation safety at high crash locations in Dutchess County. The SA outlines a number of opportunities to improve safety at the intersection, with a focus on low-cost, short-range improvements and, as feasible, more expensive longer-range improvements.

 

  • In coordination with the Dutchess County Department of Public Works and the Cornell Local Roads Program (CLRP), completed the first full round of pavement scoring for all local roads (i.e. county, city, town, and village roads) in Dutchess County. This initiative, supported by interns from the Cornell Asset Management Program (CAMP) program, provides municipalities with a uniform Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating for all paved roads. The PCI rating will enable local officials to track road conditions over time, prioritize maintenance funds, and develop capital programs to improve road conditions.

 

  • Completed the 2017 traffic count program, collecting volume, vehicle classification, and speed data at 230 locations across the county. The 2017 count program also deployed video technology to count walkers and bikers at 16 locations throughout the county, including the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, and various sidewalks and crosswalks.

 

  • Completed the second annual analysis of speeding patterns on County and local roads, based on data collected from the annual traffic count program. This analysis identified roads with high percentages of ‘high-end’ speeders, defined as those travelling more than 10 mph over the posted speed limit. By highlighting roads with high-end speeding, the DCTC seeks to assist elected officials, law enforcement agencies, and highway departments with efforts to target speed enforcement, implement traffic calming measures, and allocate resources to reduce speeding and improve traffic safety.

 

  • Completed a Complete Streets analysis of Beekman Street in the City of Beacon, identifying ways to improve bicycle and pedestrian access between the Beacon train station and Main Street.

 

  • Continued to lead the County’s inter‐departmental Complete Streets Committee, to include the continuation of the County’s traffic safety education campaign, Watch Out For Me.

 

 

  • Approved a resolution endorsing NYSDOT safety performance measures and targets, and agreeing to program projects that help meet those targets. Also approved a resolution supporting performance measure targets for Dutchess County Public Transit and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.



 

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