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For decades, truck traffic has been a major safety and quality of life issue in the city of Hudson. The congestion slows traffic, causes safety hazards, and leads to noise, light and air pollution for visitors and residents. It's also out of character with Hudson's historic architecture and streetscape. This critical funding will help us collect the data to develop an informed solution.Gossips doesn't know exactly when the City took possession of the $100,000, but in April 2020, city treasurer Heather Campbell noted at a Common Council Finance Committee meeting that the $100,000 was one of the restricted items in the City's fund balance.
Late yesterday, a notice appeared on the City of Hudson website that the City had issued an RFP (request for proposal) for someone to undertake a "Truck Route Traffic Study." The RFP can be found here. The RFP defines the scope and goal of the study in this way:
Accurately measure and report truck traffic through the city, inclusive of the origin, destination and volume of truck traffic. Supplement the origin and destination with an assessment of the environmental (public health), physical (infrastructure degradation) and social (neighborhoods and residents) effects of truck traffic. Use this data to propose alternate routes that reduce harms. Alternate routes are likely to involve towns outside of Hudson and therefore alternative routes need to also consider how those towns and stakeholders along the new route will be impacted. Using the data and proposed alternatives, the City of Hudson would then work with surrounding towns, Columbia County, New York State, and stakeholders to build consensus for modification and improvement to the truck route.Also of interest in the document is this passage from a section titled "Project Background," found on pages 3 and 4.
According to the schedule set forth in the RFP, proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, and the notice of award will be made "not earlier than" Monday, July 27.
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