GREENPORT–In a burst of administrative alacrity, the state Department of Transportation, considered by many an unyielding bureaucracy, turned itself around in 48 hours, and with it, the trucks it had planned to reroute through Hudson while the state builds a roundabout at the entrance to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Greenport .
Only one meeting was required, on August 7, between DOT representatives, Mayor Rick Rector of Hudson and Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-106). On August 9 Mr. Rector and Ms. Barrett issued the following statement: “We are pleased to announce that after conversations with both of our offices, NYSDOT has agreed to end its plans for a truck detour through Hudson during the construction of the roundabout at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. The plan is to enlarge the proposed turnaround to negate the need for any diversion of truck traffic and any detour plans. We thank DOT for their willingness to work with local officials to find the least disruptive solution for everyone who visits, works and lives in Hudson.”
Signs that had been posted along the detour remained hidden under black plastic, and no extra trucks inched their way through Hudson. Tuesday, August 14, the signs were removed. Meanwhile traffic was routed around the construction where Routes 9G and 23 intersect at the bridge entrance.