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.
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.