Today, New York State DOT erected signs throughout Hudson pointing to a truck detour through the city resulting from construction of a roundabout just east of the Rip Van Winkle bridge. Neither my office nor local officials were given advance notice of this detour or the signs. My office immediately reached out to DOT and they have agreed to meet with us and City of Hudson officials this week to fully discuss options for the route.
Today's news reminds us, once again, that truck traffic through Hudson is a daily problem for everyone who lives and works here. Even after six years of meetings and conversations with NYSDOT and local officials on my part, the truck route remains an intransigent problem that threatens pedestrian safety, shakes the foundations of Hudson's historic structures and mars the flow of life in our compact city. I will continue to oppose the detour, as well as the permanent route.