POUGHKEEPSIE —The Dutchess County Transportation Council released its findings of the latest study regarding the Arlington Main Street Redesign Initiative, as well as their design concept for the project, Monday evening during a public feedback webinar.
The project represents the evolution of 2017’s Arlington Town Center Pedestrian Plan and it would occupy the corridor including the intersection from Main and Grand Streets, to Main and Fairmont Streets in the town.
Tasks of the conducted study included data collection, evaluation of existing conditions, public engagement initiatives, and concept/final plan evaluation. Within those parameters, traffic conditions, safety, areas where collisions had occurred, parking availability, intersection layouts, and walkability were evaluated.
According to live polling during the webinar, 63 percent of participants felt the proposed plan will improve the Main Street Corridor and approximately 66 percent said they had participated in various community outreach endeavors associated with the study.
Poughkeepsie Town Supervisor Jon Baisley said aside from petitioning for state and federal funding for the project, the main focuses are to improve the corridor’s appearance and make it more pedestrian-friendly.
“A lot of ideas, a lot of thought, have gone into this process,” said Baisley. “We’re hoping the outcome is a very walkable friendly, traffic friendly community, that we can turn Main Street into a more hometown look, as opposed to a highway feel,” he said.
The project committee and Dutchess County Transportation Council are aiming to have the final concept and plan completed this fall. In the meantime, they will be presenting the findings of their study to the town and county governments; at which point, a better feel can be attained for the level of state and federal funding they will need for the construction and implementation of the project. The hope is to gain that funding and have it distributed across a three to five-year period.