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Skoufis Access Route Letter

Skoufis Access Route Letter

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Letter from Assemblyman James Skoufis to the Department of Transportation seeking to de-designate truck access for Routes 17 & 32.
Letter from Assemblyman James Skoufis to the Department of Transportation seeking to de-designate truck access for Routes 17 & 32.

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Published by: JamesSkoufis on Jul 23, 2014
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 ALBANY OFFICE: Room 821, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New Y
ork 12248 • 518
5441 •
FAX: 518-455-5884 DISTRICT OFFICE: 11 Main Street, Chester, New Y
ork 10918 • 845
6929 •
FAX: 845-469-0914 EMAIL: skoufisj@assembly.state.ny.us
JAMES SKOUFIS Member of Assembly
July 23, 2014 Mr. William Gorton, PE  Acting Regional Director NYS Department of Transportation Region 8 4 Burnett Boulevard Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Dear Mr. Gorton:
Thank you for your office’s assistance in researching the regulations pertaining to
truck access route designation in New York State. Since reviewing the documents received via email on July 8, 2014, and since discussing the matter with local elected officials, I am formally requesting a review to de-designate Route 17 (Thruway Exit 15A to Woodbury) and Route 32 (Woodbury to New Windsor) as access routes.  As you know, many northward-bound
trucks with 48” x 102” trailers –
 the state standard
 get off the Thruway at Exit 15A (Sloatsburg/Suffern) to avoid the toll plaza in Harriman. These trucks then travel up Routes 17 and 32 only to return to the Thruway at the Newburgh entry. Many trucks traveling south do the reverse. While I understand safety is the only factor the Department of Transportation (DOT) considers when de-designating an access route, I would like to point out a number of other important concerns:
 Filling pot holes and other maintenance becomes increasingly necessary with significant truck traffic on Routes 17 and 32, causing damage to the cars of area residents and costing the state significant resources.
 Congestion is already a tremendous issue all along Routes 17 and 32 and trucks that should be staying on the Thruway needlessly contribute to the traffic.
 Many community downtowns are located along Routes 17 and 32 including, but not limited to, Sloatsburg, Woodbury, and New Windsor. With constant truck traffic, many types of economic development are not possible (e.g. outdoor cafes or restaurants).
 Truck noise has an impact on property values located along Routes 17 and 32.
 Agriculture Consumer Affairs and Protection
Insurance Labor

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