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Truck Study

SUBMIT COMMENT

Submit comment on the Study Draft March 22, 2021 by emailing hudsontruckstudy@gmail.com. Comments will be accepted until May 4, 2021.


TRUCK STUDY

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 drivers support their families and supply Hudson and surrounding communities with crucial goods; however, the route they traverse was designed for a previous era. The study collects data and proposes improved routes that ensure the safety of the community, truck drivers, and businesses alike. Using the study, the City of Hudson will then work with surrounding towns, Columbia County, New York State, and a variety of stakeholders to help make sure that the new route improves outcomes for all.


“While we are thankful for hardworking truck drivers who support businesses by bringing supplies into and out of our communities,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “This study will help create a new solution that puts trucks where they can operate most effectively and safely: On routes that do not traverse dense residential neighborhoods."

In October, MJ collected 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 has been summarized and presented to city officials and the public for comment.

Based on this 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.

Additionally, Hudson residents were invited to complete a survey based on the findings of MJ’s study. A wide range of perspectives were expressed. “We need semi large delivery trucks to bring goods to stated local businesses,” said one respondent,  “but once you add tractor trailer cutting through you have increased the damage danger and detriment exponentially.” The rest of the survey responses are available here and here.

You can share comments about the Truck Study by contacting Mayor’s Aide Michael Chameides by emailing mayoralaide@cityofhudson.org.