The City of Hudson is working with MJ Engineering & Land Surveying, P.C. (MJ) to perform a destination and origin study for trucks traveling through Hudson. New York State truck routes traverse the City of Hudson and deleteriously impact the community’s quality of life and economic vitality. The study will collect data and propose alternative truck routes. Using the study, the City of Hudson will then work with surrounding towns, Columbia County, New York State, and a variety of stakeholders to build consensus for modification and improvement to the truck route.
“Residents need a more walkable, bikeable city, with safe streets that are accessible to all,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “The high volume of large trucks through dense residential neighborhoods is the wrong route and this study will help create solutions.”
In October, MJ will be collecting data in Hudson to provide a clear overall picture of the truck traffic moving through the city, including numbers, entering point, exit point, and route. The data will be summarized and presented to city officials and the public for comment.
Based on the data, public comment, and roadway characteristics, MJ will prioritize possible alternate routes on existing roadways. The alternate routes will be presented for public comment and further refined based on feedback.
Phase 1 of the project will conclude with a final report that includes alternate routes, maps, comparison and rankings, potential improvements for preferred routes, short to medium-term mitigation treatments, order of magnitude costs for each preferred route, and comprehensive data. Future phases will include engaging with neighboring municipalities, the New York State Department of Transportation, and New York State to adopt preferred alternate routes.
In order for the truck route to be changed, the following needs to occur: Feasibility study created and documented; coordination with local and state officials; investigation of the route identifying costs, impacts, upgrades required, and environmental impacts; request submitted to the NYSDOT Regional Office/Counties involved; traffic impact studies; public involvement; legislation passed; compliance with the New York Vehicle & Traffic Law.
The need for a truck study is a longstanding priority for the city of Hudson. The 2002 City of Hudson Comprehensive Plan states: “The [State Truck Route is] forcing trucks to pass through residential neighborhoods and are significantly deteriorating the quality, and in some cases historic integrity, of these homes. Further, trucks are required to make turns on urban streets that were not engineered to meet their turning radius needs… Consequently, a comprehensive truck study should be accomplished.”
The 2011 Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan states “The City intends to work with State and Federal representatives to address the impact of non-local truck traffic through the City.”
“I’m happy to be contributing to our community and advancing this important project,” says City of Hudson Public Works Commissioner Peter Bujanow, who is managing the project. “This study will help us understand the impact of current traffic patterns and identify alternatives”
“For decades, truck traffic has been a major safety and quality of life issue in the City of Hudson,” said Assemblymember Didi Barrett, who helped secure the funding for the study. “The congestion slows traffic, causes safety hazards, and leads to noise, light, and air pollution for visitors and residents. It is also out of character with Hudson’s historic architecture and streetscape. This origin and destination study will help us collect the data to develop an informed solution.”
“We’re excited to be working with the City of Hudson to provide the truck traffic documentation / analysis and assist in improving the quality of life for the City,” says Project Manager, Brian Cooper, PE, from MJ. “We have decades of data collection and analysis experience working on similar transportation studies and know how impactful a clear and concise data-driven study can be. Our seasoned traffic engineers are eager to delve fully into this study, completing a comprehensive operational and planning analysis.”
MJ has been located in the Capital Region since it was first founded in 1979. MJ is a full-service consulting firm with 125 staff members specializing in transportation planning, traffic engineering, and highway design.
You can share comments about the Truck Study by contacting Mayor’s Aide Michael Chameides by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.