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Poughkeepsie Public Works Crews to Begin Marking City Transect Bicycle Route

The City of Poughkeepsie will be painting shared lane markings, also known as “sharrows,” along the City Transect Bicycle Route beginning Wednesday May 27.  The City Transect route follows New York State Bicycle Route 9 as it crosses through the city, starting at Hooker Avenue on the southern end and
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Update to Yard Debris Schedule

Please take note: The city has made a change to its curbside collection of yard debris. Such debris will now be collected every first and third Wednesday of the month through November. Yard debris includes small branches no thicker than three inches in diameter and cut into three-foot sections. Yard
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City Urges Residents to Avoid Flushing Inappropriate Items

City of Poughkeepsie officials are asking residents to avoid flushing sanitary wipes even if the package states they are flushable. Other alternatives to toilet paper, such as paper towels and facial tissues, also should not be flushed in local sewer lines as people increase the use of certain products during
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The Public Works Department oversees multiple divisions including:

Administration and Permits Division

The Administration Division provides a Work Center for basic customer complaint service and administers four (4) important permitting programs for Excavating in the Public Right-of-Way, Underground City Utilities Mark-outs, Temporary Dumpster Placements, and Temporary Sidewalk or Street Closures.

Work Center

The Work Center handles most incoming calls, logging almost 2,000 service requests from the public each year.  These requests for service are directed to any one of the Public Works Divisions or Subdivisions:  Water, Sewer, Storm, City Electric, Buildings and Grounds, Urban Trees, Street Maintenance, Sign Shop, Sanitation, and Enforcement. The Work Center also coordinates emergency requests for city underground utilities mark-outs during regular working hours.

Administration and Permits

Excavation Permit:
Provides permission to excavate in the public right-of way; commonly called a street opening. Doing work on city property requires proof of liability and workers compensation insurance.  The fee for a street opening depends on the age of the pavement and requires a security deposit. (Note: this also requires a permit from the Dept of Building, Planning & Zoning.)

Utility Mark-outs:
Notifications of upcoming excavations in the city are transmitted to the Department of Public Works via the Underground Facilities Protection Organization (UFPO).  The department requires the UFPO No. on the Excavation Permit Application.

Dumpster Permit:
Provides permission for a homeowner or resident to temporarily place a dumpster on a city street or sidewalk.  The application and permit fee is $50.

Sidewalk or Street Closure Permit:
Provides permission for a homeowner or resident to temporarily block a city street or sidewalk.  The application and permit fee is $100.