City to Make Vast Improvements to Liberty Street Parking Lot

The City of Poughkeepsie is planning to transform the Liberty Street Parking Lot into a visually appealing, environmentally friendly space for motorists, bikers and walkers and businesses in the area.

The $1.4 million project will vastly improve the pavement and drainage of the public parking lot and reduce the impacts of flooding during strong weather events. Outdated stormwater management methods will be replaced by “green Infrastructure,” including concentrate pavers that will enable water to soak into ground sources reducing runoff and flooding.

Liberty Street Parking Improvements – Conceptual Plan #3
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The City held two public meetings on this project – one in the lobby at 40 Cannon St. in December, and another in the Common Council Chambers in January.

The Liberty lot project is expected to begin in the spring and also will help combat the impacts of water runoff that can overwhelm the city’s sewer system, causing “combined sewer overflows” or CSOs. While Poughkeepsie is in compliance with all New York State regulations, the City is working to mitigate these overflows, and this project is part of that strategy. Permeable pavers also can reduce the need for de-icing chemicals while providing a durable and aesthetically pleasing surface.

 As part of the project, dozens of trees will be planted and pedestrian scaled lighting will be added throughout the parking lot to enhance the area.

The project is being funded through the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation’s Green Innovation Grant Program.

City of Poughkeepsie Will Make Upgrades to Dozens of Pedestrian Crossings

The City of Poughkeepsie will make substantial improvements to pedestrian crossings at approximately 30 intersections, including installing signal upgrades and reducing distances at key locations. The actual number of intersection will be determined based on the construction bids and availability of funds.

This systemic approach will bolster the city’s strategy to address pedestrian safety issues — and to foster a “walkable city” environment.

“We have worked hard to make it easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to get around the city, but, in some ways, our efforts are just beginning,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.

Mayor Rolison said the city has been embracing the “complete-streets” concept, which means equal consideration should be given to all users of the street — including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and persons with limited mobility. 

Hannah Early, at left, and Chelsea Schwarze, use a crosswalk on Main Street in the City of Poughkeepsie to make their way during a lunch break earlier this year. Early is the programming coordinator for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and Schwarze is member relations director for the Chamber.

Last year, the city was awarded $2,430,000 as part of the New York Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) grant program. The statewide initiative calls for and provides funding to local governments to implement low-cost, high-impact improvements at known hazardous locations.  Poughkeepsie is one of 20 localities in the state, outside of New York City, that has been designated a “focus community,” indicating a high number of pedestrian-involved crashes.

The city will use the PSAP funding along corridors, intersections and uncontrolled crosswalks where the highest pedestrian traffic exists and where past incidents have occurred, including sites along Main, Mansion and Market Streets. 

Improving signage, installing countdown pedestrian timers and handicap accessible pushbuttons and adding new high visibility crosswalk striping will be among the changes.

 “These are simple but meaningful upgrades to some of the city’s busiest intersections,” said Paul Hesse, Community Development Coordinator.  “Pedestrian safety is directly tied to equity and access, as well as economic development.  Successful cities make smart investments in safe places for people, and that’s what we’re focusing on here.”

City officials anticipate starting construction in the summer of 2020, with a targeted completion of the following summer.

The city is seeking the input of residents and will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. October. 7 in the Common Council Chambers.

Comments can be sent to [email protected] or [email protected] by October 25.

The locations for these improvements can be seen here.

Notice of Construction – Main Street Water Main – March 27-29

The City of Poughkeepsie Engineering Department is informing property owners and residents located on Main Street between North Cherry Street and North White Street including Rose Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, that the Water Department will continue to exercise and test valves (as noted in prior notice), and now includes performing repair work.

Starting on Wednesday, March, 27 and continuing through Friday, March 29, 2019, the City of Poughkeepsie Water Department will be performing this work and water users may experience interruption of water service during this needed work.

Equipment on-site may include large excavators, dump trucks, haulers and other heavy equipment.  Noise will be kept to a minimum, but the use of a generator and temporary pumps may be required for a portion of the work.

At the completion of this work, residents may notice discolored or cloudy tap water due to the use of fresh water from local hydrants.  Simply run the water for a few minutes to resolve this issue.  It is suggested residents refrain from washing light colored clothes until water runs clear.

This notice of construction can also be found on the City of Poughkeepsie website or via social media, please check those electronic outlets for any updates.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact City of Poughkeepsie Engineering Department at (845) 451-4192.  We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation in carrying out this necessary work.

Notice of Construction – City Water Main – Main Street

Department of Public Works

Engineering Division

The City of Poughkeepsie Engineering Department is informing property owners and residents located on Main Street between North Cherry Street and North White Street including Rose Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, that the Water Department will be exercising and testing valves. These valves control the water supply in the above noted location.

On Friday, March 22, 2019 (alternate date Monday March 25, 2019) the City of Poughkeepsie Water Department will be performing this work and water users may experience interruption of water service during this task. The interruption of service is anticipated not to exceed one hour.

At the completion of this work, residents may notice discolored or cloudy tap water due to the use of fresh water from local hydrants. Simply run the water for a few minutes to resolve this issue. It is suggested residents refrain from washing light colored clothes until water runs clear.

This notice of construction can also be found on the City of Poughkeepsie website or via social media, please check those electronic outlets for any updates.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact City of Poughkeepsie Engineering Department at (845) 451-4192. We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation in carrying out this necessary work.

Water Main Repair – Lilling Road

The City of Poughkeepsie Engineering Department is informing property owners and residents located on and/ or adjacent to Lilling Road that the City of Poughkeepsie will be repairing a leaking water main.

Beginning Tuesday, January 22, 2019, various utility crews will be responding to the required underground utility locate through the NY Dig Safe program. This underground locate work must be performed prior to any construction or repair of underground utilities.

During this time, residents may experience a temporary interruption in water service while repairs are being made. Residents may notice discolored tap water due to the use of fresh water from local hydrants. Simply run water for a few minutes to resolve this issue. Equipment on-site may include large excavators, dump trucks, haulers and other heavy equipment. Noise will be kept to a minimum, but the use of a generator and temporary pumps may be required for a portion of the work.

Traffic will be limited to local traffic and emergency personnel only, and signs will be posted to delineate the required work zone. A traffic advisory and/ or notice of construction can also be located on the City of Poughkeepsie website or via social media.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact City of Poughkeepsie Engineering Department at (845) 451-4192. We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation in carrying out these necessary repairs.