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Gary Cooper, Highway Director (845) 486-2901
Gary Cooper, Highway Director
Poughkeepsie… The arrival of warmer weather signals the start of Dutchess County Department of Public Works’ (DPW) Highway Division’s annual road paving and project season. Starting this week, crews will begin work on nearly twenty miles of road improvements including paving; milling and repairing shoulders; and applying pavement overlays that will continue through the spring and summer as part of Dutchess County Department of Public Works’ (DPW) Highway Division ongoing efforts to maintain and improve Dutchess County’s extensive highway system.
County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Dutchess County’s Department of Public Works’ Highway Division employees and contractors work tirelessly all season long to maintain and enhance our roadway system. When you’re out and about enjoying the nicer weather, be mindful of our crews, slow down in and around work sites, and obey posted speed limits and directions from flaggers. We are grateful for the work our Highway team does to improve travel and safety.”
This week, motorists should expect to see crews working in the Towns of Clinton and Washington:
Deirdre Houston, Dutchess County Legislator for District 25 in the towns of Amenia, Washington, and Pleasant Valley and the Village of Millbrook, said, “The County’s annual pavement management program is a preventive effort – addressing pavement conditions well before a total rehabilitation of the roadway is necessary. Roadwork may be an inconvenience, but the continued maintenance and upkeep of our roadways over time maintains the safety of the public and diminishes the wear and tear on motorists’ vehicles. The Dutchess County Legislature is proud to support the Department of Public Works who work tirelessly to keep our roads accessible and safe for all.”
Beginning the week of May 10th, road projects will take place in the Towns of Dover, Stanford, and LaGrange including:
Michael Polasek, Dutchess County Legislator representing District 3 in the Town of Lagrange, said, “Noxon Road and Titusville Road in Lagrange are two of the most heavily trafficked roadways in the county and it is important to keep these and other critical arteries in good condition for the thousands of residents and commuters who travel them daily. I am grateful to our Department of Public Works crews for their dedication to the reliability of our highway system and to the safety of Dutchess County residents.”
Additional projects throughout the county will be announced throughout the spring and summer months. Project schedules are dependent on weather conditions and staffing schedules.
The Dutchess County Highway Division is responsible for the maintenance of nearly 400 centerline miles of roadway. The Pavement Management Program is funded through the County’s annual Capital Projects budget, approved annually by the Dutchess County Legislature, in combination with state dollars through the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS). Projects included in the annual program are determined through a scoring system, traffic data, economic impacts and developments, history of road maintenance and improvement projects, and types of pavement treatments needed.
Dutchess County’s Annual Pavement Management Program uses a variety of different pavement treatment options to extend the life of the County’s roadways, while improving the ride-ability and safety of the County highway system.
To learn more about the work of the Dutchess County Department of Public Works’ Highway Division, go to dutchessny.gov.