As we all know, there are two truck routes that pass through Hudson, entering the city from the south on Worth Avenue and Third Street and converging on Green Street to make their way north. The majority of the trucks that enter the city have no business within our boundaries. They are just passing through. But they compromise our quality of life, and for at least a quarter of a century, they have been a source of consternation for Hudson residents.
In April 2019, Assemblymember Didi Barrett secured $100,000 in state funding for Hudson to conduct an origin and destination study toward the end of getting the trucks off the city's streets. Eighteen months later, the study is finally underway. The following message appears on the City of Hudson website:
The City of Hudson is working with MJ Engineering & Land Surveying (MJ) to perform a destination and origin study for trucks traveling through Hudson. . . . The study will collect data and propose alternative truck routes. Using the study, the City of Hudson will then work with surrounding towns, Columbia County, New York State, and a variety of stakeholders to build consensus for modification and improvement of the truck route. . . .
In October, MJ will be collecting 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 will be summarized and presented to city officials and the public for comment.
Based on the 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. . . .