An expansive study has been launched to see how one of the areas most traveled roadways could be redesigned to make it safer for drivers while meeting the mobility needs of Hudson Valley residents.

9.44.55 is a new initiative launched in partnership with the Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC), the New York State Department of Transporation and the City and Town of Poughkeepsie. The study will examine the 9/44/55 interchange as well as the Route 44/55 arterials in Poughkeepsie. They are looking for ways to make it safer and more reliable for those who drive, walk, bike and use other forms of transit.

County Executive Marc Molinaro had this to say about the project via a press release, 'Our county, as well as the Mid-Hudson Valley, have grown tremendously since these highways were built in the 1960s and 70s. After a half-century, it makes sense for us to give these gateways to Dutchess County another look and develop workable solutions that improve travel, but also support our local economy and better our quality of life.'

Funding for the study is coming from the Federal Highway and Transit Administration through the DCTC's planning program. They will first begin measuring traffic, bicycle and pedestrian counts. More details can be found HERE. The initiative is expected to be completed sometime in 2021.

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