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Local Planning Initiatives

We routinely leverage our resources to meet the transportation planning needs and priorities of our member agencies and local communities. We accomplish this by completing studies internally or through consultant services. We typically pursue planning activities that address transportation safety, reliability, access to basic needs, and walking and bicycling. Many of these initiatives stem from recommendations in our countywide long-range Transportation Plan – Moving Dutchess Forward – or through a formal request by a member agency or municipality.

Dover Plains Pedestrian Plan

As part of our long-running local pedestrian planning intiative, we are completing a pedestrian plan for the Dover Plains hamlet in the Town of Dover. The plan will include an inventory and analysis of existing pedestrian infrastructure in the hamlet, relying on extensive fieldwork and digital mapping to help understand conditions. The pedetsrian plan, guided by a volunteer task force from the town, will identifiy ways to improve the walking experience, by closing sidewalk gaps, providing new pedestrian connections, and offering design alternatives for key locations with heavy walking activity. We'll post updates about the plan as they become availabe. 

Rhinebeck Route 9 Complete Streets Study

We are working on a Complete Streets assessment of Route 9 (Mill/Montgomery St) in the Village of Rhinebeck in coordination with the Village and their engineering consultant. The assessment will identify ways to improve walking and bicycling access on two key sections of Route 9 through the village: Livingston St to Montgomery St to the north and South St to Rockefeller Ln to the south. Both sections serve as important gateways to the community. The assessment will focus on how to make these sections safer for walking and bicycling, and result in a concept plan that identifies preferred improvements. Since this road is a state highway, NYSDOT will play an advisory role during the planning process. The assessment may also help inform the design of NYSDOT’s pending culvert/bridge replacement project at the Landsman Kill near Rockefeller Ln. We'll post updates about the assessment as they become available.

Poughkeepsie 9.44.55

Arlington Main Street Redesign Initiative

Safety Assessments

A Safety Assessment is a formal examination of an existing or planned transportation facility (a road, intersection, sidewalk, or trail) by an independent, multi-disciplinary Safety Assessment Team. Safety Assessments evaluate potential issues and identify solutions that improve safety for all travelers, including people driving, walking, bicycling, and riding transit. The Federal Highway Administration promotes the use of Safety Assessments as a cost-effective tool to improve roadway safety. Safety Assessments answer these basic questions:

1.  What elements of the road present a safety concern? To what extent, to which types of transportation, and under what circumstances?
2.  What opportunities exist to eliminate or mitigate identified safety concerns?
3.  Are there low-cost solutions or countermeasures that would improve safety?

Since 2012, we have completed a series of assessments on high-crash county and local roads and intersections (see our Publications Page to review our Safety Assessment reports). Recommendations typically address reducing vehicle speeds, stabilizing road shoulders, reducing horizontal and vertical curvatures, and improving sight distances and signage. We identify the locations based on an analysis of crash data and input from local agencies and municipalities.

If you have a road or intersection you would like us to consider, please call or email us.