RFP: Poughkeepsie City Center Connectivity Project

The Poughkeepsie City Center Connectivity Project (Connectivity Project) is a long-term transportation planning initiative closely linked with the city’s broader efforts to revitalize its downtown and promote transit-oriented economic development.  As part of this initiative, the City of Poughkeepsie (City) is seeking a qualified engineering firm to assist the City by performing traffic engineering analysis for a complete streets initiative in the City Center. This includes preparation of existing traffic conditions analysis; scenario development; alternatives selection; impact analysis; financial analysis; design and installation of soft demonstration measures along Market; and public outreach. This phase of the project has been funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency under the New York State Consolidated Funding Application process. The City received authorization for preliminary engineering and demonstration for this project in 2014.Through this project, the City of Poughkeepsie in partnership with the selected consulting firm and in coordination with New York State Department of Transportation, would redesign Market Street as a “complete street” in which all transportation users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders, are sufficiently accommodated. This project will require the expertise of a multidisciplinary team consisting of transportation planning, civil and environmental engineering and other disciplines, necessary to bring the project into a demonstration design phase. The consultant shall structure a proposal which accomplishes the objectives of the project. This project is linked to the City’s ongoing initiative of restoring the City’s Main Street as the primary economic core of the region.

The City is seeking a qualified traffic engineering firm to analyze and demonstrate soft approaches for converting Market Street into a complete bi-directional street. This reconfiguration would improve vehicular circulation throughout the City Center and also enhance pedestrian safety by reducing the speed of vehicles. Prior engineering and design studies have already developed schemes for Market Street that would include rearrangements of parking as well as reconfigurations of intersections in order to enable improved pedestrian crossings. However, these preliminary schemes do not fully transform Market Street into a multi-modal corridor. Given Market Street’s dimensions, it is possible to design Market Street in a way that would allocate a larger share of the right-of-way to alternative transportation modes, including better landscaped sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes. Moreover, the intersections of Market Street with regional arterials could be redesigned to facilitate the introduction of Complete Streets concepts, not only on Market Street, but also on the arterials themselves. Redesigning Market Street is not only an opportunity to enhance the street’s performance itself, but also enable better connections between the city and Mid-Hudson Bridge approaches.

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