HUDSON — Finding an alternate route, the state Department of Transportation has dropped its plan to detour truck traffic on its way to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge through city streets.
Instead, the loop at the intersection of Route 9G and Route 23 will be widened so trucks will be able to make the turnaround more easily, bypass heavily traveled existing truck routes and eliminate a convoluted 9-mile detour.
Hudson Mayor Rick Rector and Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, D-106, announced late Thursday that the DOT agreed to change its detour plans. The announcement came after a meeting Tuesday between DOT officials and the mayor, Barrett and Hudson Department of Public Works Superintendent Rob Perry, at which the DOT agreed to consider new possible solutions to truck traffic.
“The state Department of Transportation has agreed to end their plans for a truck detour through Hudson during the construction of the roundabout at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge,” according to a joint statement from Rector and Barrett. “The plan is to enlarge the proposed turnaround to negate the need for any diversion of truck traffic and any detour plans.”
Pictured: The intersection of Routes 9G and 23 pictured Thursday where the state Department of Transportation plans to build a roundabout.