On Thursday, December 8, the Planning Board received an inch-thick document from Patrick Prendergast, the engineer for A. Colarusso & Sons, which was supposed to answer the many questions about the proposed haul road raised by Ray Jurkowski, the engineer retained by the Planning Board. The document is made up of years of completed forms, applications, and correspondence with various regulatory agencies, but it fails to provide a straightforward answer to the question on many people's minds: How many trucks will travel on the haul road from the quarry to the dock every day?
A call to action posted on Imby by Julie Metz warns that the haul road signals a "major expansion of the gravel operation that would add traffic and pollution to the waterfront area," but there is no way of knowing if this dire prediction is true, or if, as J. R. Heffner has stated, Colarusso is pursuing the haul road simply to shorten the route from the quarry to the dock and to get trucks off our city streets. The Project Narrative in the inch-thick document states: "For each barge to be loaded approximately 100 truck loads of stone would make the trip. This would normally occur over three to four days." Later on in the document, a traffic study prepared by Creighton Manning cites some significantly higher numbers: "The project is estimated to generate an average of four truck trips during a typical hour that will cross both US Route 9 and NY Route 9G. During worst-case conditions, a maximum of 24 trucks trips will cross both US Route 9 and NY Route 9G during a one hour period."
You can peruse the document yourself and see if you can find a definitive answer about the anticipated industrial traffic to the waterfront. It is now available on the City website, and you can access it by clicking here.
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