Traffic study and suggestions released for “Malfunction Junction” in Poughkeepsie

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Aerial view of Routes 9, 44, and 55.

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) has announced the completion of Poughkeepsie 9.44.55, its detailed study of how to redesign the Route 9 interchange and Route 44/55 arterials in Poughkeepsie to make them safer, more reliable, and better integrated with nearby neighborhoods.

The study focused on two issues; the Route 9/Mid-Hudson Bridge interchange and the Route 44/55 arterials both east and westbound.

The Route 9 44 55 study area.

For the Route 9 interchange, the study recommends replacing the existing “bow-tie” configuration with roundabouts, increasing the length of on- and off-ramps, and removing some of the awkward left-side merging movements.

For the arterials, which carry approximately 20,000 vehicles each day, the study recommends a pilot project to test a redesign that reduces each arterial from three to two lanes of one-way traffic.

The study’s executive summary with data can be found by clicking here.

At this point, according to officials, no funding or schedule for the actual construction has been identified by NYSDOT, who would be the project sponsor.

The Poughkeepsie 9-44-55 study was funded by the Federal Highway and Transit Administration and was conducted by the DCTC, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Dutchess County, and the City and Town of Poughkeepsie.