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Local Planning Initiatives

The Transportation Council routinely leverages its resources to meet the transportation planning needs and priorities of its member agencies and communities. We accomplish this by completing studies internally, by our own staff, or through private consultant services. We typically pursue planning activities that address transportation safety, mobility, traffic operations, access to services, and walking and biking. Many of these initiatives stem from recommendations identified in our countywide, long-range Transportation Plan – Moving Dutchess 2 – or through a formal request by a member agency or municipality.

Poughkeepsie 9.44.55

Rethinking the design of the Route 44/55 Arterials in Poughkeepsie and the Route 9 Interchange at the Mid-Hudson Bridge could dramatically improve how people travel to, within, and through Poughkeepsie. The Transportation Council is undertaking Poughkeepsie 9.44.55 to explore how to make the arterials and the interchange safer, more accessible, and better integrated with the neighborhood fabric of Poughkeepsie.

Poughkeepsie 9.44.55 has six goals:

  1. Improve safety along the arterials and at the interchange
  2. Improve traffic flow through the interchange and address congestion
  3. Make it easier to walk and bike between neighborhoods and downtown
  4. Anticipate future travel patterns and needs
  5. Recommend design concepts that improve the form and function of the arterials and interchange
  6. Identify costs

Poughkeepsie 9.44.55 is being led by an Advisory Committee with representatives from the City of Poughkeepsie, the Town of Poughkeepsie, the Dutchess County Transportation Council, the Dutchess County Planning Department, the NYS Department of Transportation, and the NYS Bridge Authority.

Please visit the project website at for more information and to share your thoughts about the interchange and arterials. 

Arlington Main Street Redesign Initiative

Pawling Pedestrian Plan

Pedestrian infrastructure plays a critical role in building healthy, vibrant communities. To support communities in their efforts to become more walkable, we assist local municipalities with pedestrian plans.

The Pawling Pedestrian Plan is the sixth Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC)-supported pedestrian study completed in recent years, building on previous studies in Rhinebeck, Hyde Park, Pine Plains, Arlington, and Millerton. Those studies can be found on our Publications page.

Representatives from a Village-designated volunteer Task Force worked with us to guide the study. The project included three main components: 1) An inventory of existing pedestrian infrastructure; 2) Recommendations to improve pedestrian access and safety; and 3) Design concepts for several focus areas.

The inventory of existing conditions was completed in summer 2018. In November 2018 we presented the inventory and preliminary improvement concepts to the Village community, seeking input from the public on ideas and priorities. Over the winter, we worked with the Task Force and other stakeholders to develop and refine recommendations. The final draft plan was presented to the Village Board and public on June 17, 2019.

Project Materials (all files are .pdf)
Final Plan 
Summary Handout
Project Flyer - June Presentation
June 17, 2019 Presentation
Nov. 28, 2018 Open House Presentation

Inventory Maps (all files are .pdf)
1- Study Area
2- Population Density
3- Average Daily Traffic Volumes
4- Existing Sidewalk Conditions
5- Existing Sidewalk Issues
6- Existing Curb Ramps
7- Existing Marked Crosswalks & Pedestrian Signs
8- Existing Street Trees/Furniture
9- Existing Parking Lots & Commercial Driveways
10- Pedestrian & Bicycle Count Data
11- Infrastructure Recommendations

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 strive to address potential issues and identify solutions that improve the safety of all road users, whether a driver, walker, bicyclist, or transit passenger. 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 road users, 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 assessments at four locations on high-crash county and local roads and intersections (see our Publications Page to review our Safety Assessment reports). Recommendations typically address issues related to 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.