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Transportation Council Launches Poughkeepsie 9.44.55, An examination of the 9/44 Interchange and 44/55 Arterials

Published: 10/4/2019

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Mark Debald

Transportation Program Administrator


Poughkeepsie ... The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) is pleased to announce that it has initiated one of the most complex and expansive transportation studies in its 37-year history: Poughkeepsie 9.44.55 – a detailed examination of the Route 9/44/55 interchange and the Route 44/55 arterials in Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie 9.44.55 will look at how these two highways, vital to the mobility needs of residents, visitors, and businesses alike, might be redesigned to improve safety, simplify travel, and better integrate them within the fabric of Poughkeepsie. This initiative will not only examine ways to make travel more reliable and safer for drivers, especially at the Route 9 interchange, but also for those who walk, bike, or use transit on the arterials.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “We are excited to work with NYSDOT and the City and Town of Poughkeepsie on how to rethink these facilities so they can better serve our residents and visitors, whether they drive, walk or bike, or ride a bus. Our county, as well as the Mid-Hudson Valley, have grown tremendously since these highways were built in the 1960s and 70s. After a half-century, it makes sense for us to give these gateways to Dutchess County another look and develop workable solutions that improve travel, but also support our local economy and better our quality of life.” 

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison said, “The City of Poughkeepsie is excited to embark on this important project to look at design alternatives for our urban highways and ensure that these facilities best serve the needs of all users.  We thank the Dutchess County Transportation Council for leading this effort and their continued partnership.”

Those who live, work, play, or travel through Poughkeepsie will be asked to help guide this initiative, through frequent and engaging opportunities to participate. Throughout Poughkeepsie 9.44.55, the DCTC will ask public and area stakeholders to provide input on their vision for these facilities and give  feedback as design concepts are developed. The DCTC will have an information table at the City of Poughkeepsie’s First Friday event tonight at 5 p.m. to learn more about Poughkeepsie 9.44.55. More information about the DCTC and Poughkeepsie 9.44.55 is also available at  and

This initiative is a cooperative effort of the Dutchess County Transportation Council, New York State Department of Transportation, Dutchess County, and the City and Town of Poughkeepsie. Funding for Poughkeepsie 9.44.55 comes from the Federal Highway and Transit Administration through the DCTC’s planning program. Engineering and outreach support for this study is being provided by Creighton Manning Engineering and Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. The initiative is expected to be completed in early 2021.

For more information, please visit the DCTC website at or contact us by email at or phone at (845) 486-3600. 

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About the DCTC: Established in 1982, the DCTC serves as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Dutchess County. Federal regulations require that Urbanized Areas (U.S. Census defined metropolitan areas with over 50,000 people) be represented by an MPO, which is responsible for ensuring that Federal highway and transit funds are committed through a locally driven, comprehensive planning process. The DCTC includes representatives from local municipalities, the New York State Department of Transportation, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority