Dutchess County Highway Cleanup Planned to Celebrate Earth Day

Poughkeepsie…As part of this Saturday’s global Earth Day celebration, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has announced the Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW) Highway Division will be dedicating several days to highway cleanup efforts on major roadways as part of ongoing efforts to maintain the county roadway system. Starting tomorrow, April 20th, and continuing April 21st, 24th and 25th, DPW Highway crews will be focused on litter cleanup on some of the County’s most highly trafficked roadways.

County Executive Molinaro said, “We are grateful for the tireless work of our DPW Highway crews for their efforts to maintain a safe and ridable highway system for our residents and visitors. Dutchess County is proud to devote resources for the upkeep and beautification of our roadways to ensure they remain clean and green. I encourage all residents to participate in volunteer cleanup efforts as part of this weekend’s Earth Day celebrations and throughout the year. We should all be mindful and do our part to encourage others to keep our community clear of litter as it promotes a better way of life for our residents and is a great welcome to visitors.”

Some of the county roads scheduled for the four-day cleanup include:

• Kerley Corners Road (CR 78) in Red Hook
• River Road (CR 103) in Red Hook/Rhinebeck
• Slate Quarry Road (CR 19) in Rhinebeck/Clinton
• Violet Hill Road (CR 101) in Rhinebeck
• Old Route 22 (CR 81) in Amenia
• Leedsville Road (CR 2) in Amenia
• Bog Hollow Road (CR 3) in Amenia/Dover
• Poplar Hill Road (CR 4) in Dover
• Old Route 22 (CR 6) in Dover
• Old Hopewell Road (CR 28) in Wappinger/East Fishkill
• Myers Corners Road (CR 93) in Wappinger
• Crum Elbow Road (CR 41) in Hyde Park
• Waterbury Hill Road (CR 89) in Union Vale/LaGrange
• Clove Road (CR 9) in Union Vale
• Noxon Road (CR 21) in LaGrange
• Red Schoolhouse Road (CR 36) in Fishkill
• Amenia Pine Plains Road (CR 83) in Pine Plains/North East
• Beekman Road (CR 9) in Beekman/East Fishkill
• Innis Avenue (CR 75) in Poughkeepsie

Gregg Pulver, Dutchess County Legislator and Chairman of the Public Works and Capital Projects Committee said, “Earth Day is a time we can all come together to raise awareness regarding the importance and benefits of maintaining and protecting our environment. I thank our DPW Highway crews and local service organizations for their efforts to keep Dutchess County and our local communities looking clean and beautiful for all to enjoy.”

Organizations and residents who are interested in helping keep Dutchess County’s roadways clean and beautiful can participate in the County’s Adopt-A-Highway program. Several local organizations including the Hyde Park Teachers Association, Hunns Lake Association, and Mehl & Associates CPAs currently participate in the program. New organizations are encouraged to apply by calling (845) 486-2925. The New York State Department of Transportation and several local municipalities also offer Adopt-A-Road programs for state and local roadways.

“Our Highway crews work year-round to ensure our roads are safe for residents and visitors, and this annual cleanup is just one more way they help to make Dutchess County an enjoyable place to live, work and raise a family. Let’s do our part as a community to keep our roadways litter free and dispose of trash properly,” said Dutchess County Commissioner of Public Works Bob Balkind.