Claverack residents push back against Hudson's alternative truck route proposals
Aliya Schneider reports for Columbia-Greene Media that for years Hudson politicians have discussed rerouting truck traffic that now goes down busy urban streets to more rural roads. Now that there are maps with possible plans, a group of 23 Claverack residents are telling the Hudson Common Council they don't want more trucks on their streets either. MJ Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C., of Clifton Park, is working on an alternate truck route for Hudson using $100,000 from the Department of Transportation. So far they have identified five alternate truck routes that would circumvent the city that would cost between $1.4 million to $25.8 million to prepare. “We believe the truck traffic issue is a subregional challenge that affects multiple communities, including Hudson, Greenport and Claverack,” according to a statement from the Claverack residents. “Any redrawing of the truck route in Hudson must respect neighboring communities’ needs for safety and livability.” Specifically, they don't want heavy truck traffic on the residential parts of state Route 23/23B. “None of the proposed options should interfere with Claverack’s plans to create a walkable town center with related improvements, including better traffic control, sidewalks, crosswalks and crossing signals,” according to the letter from the group to the Hudson Common Council. “This is among the busiest intersections in Columbia County and it is in the middle of a heavily residential area.” But so far the three most popular of the proposed alternate truck routes all go through that Claverack intersection. Mayoral Aide Michael Hofmann said July 13 that, "Feedback from area residents makes the report stronger and helps us get closer to a real solution, and we appreciate the detailed and thorough recommendations included in the letter. We have extended the study period to help collect this type of feedback and ensure the study incorporates these perspectives.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.