Road Work Alert: Busy Dutchess County Roadway Enters Final Construction Phase
If you've felt like there's been construction on Old Hopewell Road in Dutchess County for as long as you can remember, you aren't alone. This major connector, also known as Route 28, running from Route 82 Hopewell Junction to Route 9 Wappingers Falls, has been the site of major roadwork over the past several years. I have lived off this road for three and a half years now, and for as excited I am to see how it all turns out when the work is done, I'm even more excited to head down this road without finding flaggers directing traffic, or one lane being closed.
Some promising news from Dutchess County Government over the weekend, though, as it looks like the final leg of the Old Hopewell Road reconstruction project is set to begin this week. Weather permitting, the last phase of this reconstruction roadwork will begin Monday April 4th.
Plans for upcoming roadwork
According to the announcement from Dutchess County Government, work that will impact traffic on Old Hopewell Road includes the following:
- Dead tree removal along the project route and cleaning of drainage structures
- in an effort to minimize traffic interruptions, this part of the work is planned to be completed first
- Losee Road and Spook Hill Road Traffic signal work installation
- traffic signal work on Losee is set to begin on the 4th and continue through mid-May
- Completion of the top-course layer paving and finishing driveways
- estimated timeline is mid-April through early June.
- Road striping, signage installation, and shoulder repair, including topsoil
- June and July for this final portion of the project
Traffic implications from the remaining roadwork
Though the work is expected to be completed by summer of 2022, motorists should be advised that the remaining parts of this reconstruction project will continue to cause intermittent lane closures, and flaggers will be on the road to control traffic. Those who travel through this area may want to seek alternative routes, and as always, drivers are reminded to use caution through the work zone.
Since the project is just resuming after being on pause during the winter months, no current updates have been posted on the county website, through prior construction plans and project updates can be found here.