Dutchess County Highway Crews Participate in
Annual Cleanup to Celebrate Earth Day

Poughkeepsie…As part of this Monday’s global Earth Day celebration, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has announced the Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW) Highway Division will dedicate several days to highway cleanup as part of ongoing efforts to maintain the county roadway system. Starting Thursday, April 18th, and continuing April 19th, 22nd and 23rd, DPW Highway crews will focus on litter cleanup on some of the County’s most highly trafficked roadways.

County Executive Molinaro said, “From pavement improvement projects to snow plowing, cleanup, mowing, and more, our DPW Highway crews work year-round to maintain our highway system so visitors and residents alike have the opportunity to safely explore all Dutchess County has to offer. By joining a volunteer cleanup effort or participating in the County’s or State’s Adopt-a-Highway program, everyone can contribute toward keeping our community clean and green, for Earth Day and throughout the year. Every little bit helps and, together, we can better preserve our region’s natural beauty and encourage a more environmentally conscious way of life.”

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

  • Taft Avenue (CR 38) in Poughkeepsie
  • Van Wagner Road (CR 38) in Poughkeepsie
  • Creek Road (CR 100) in Hyde Park/Poughkeepsie
  • Saint Andrews Road (CR 40A) in Hyde Park
  • North Avenue (CR 72) in Pleasant Valley
  • Bulls Head Road (CR 19) in Rhinebeck/Clinton
  • Milan Hill Road (CR 54) in Milan
  • Kerley Corners Road (CR 78) in Red Hook
  • Broadway (CR 78) in Red Hook
  • River Road (CR 103) in Red Hook/Rhinebeck
  • Salt Point Turnpike (CR 17) in Stanford/Clinton
  • Chestnut Ridge Road (CR 24) in Washington/Dover
  • Poplar Hill Road (CR 4) in Dover
  • Old Route 22 (CR 6) in Dover
  • Cricket Hill Road (CR 26) in Dover
  • West Dover Road (CR 20) in Dover
  • Clove Valley Road (CR 9) in Union Vale
  • Wingdale Mountain Road (CR 21) in Union Vale/Dover
  • Sharon Road (CR 62) in North East
  • South Maple Avenue (CR 62) in North East
  • Old Route 22 (CR 81) in Amenia
  • South Sinpatch Road (CR 105) in Amenia
  • Hoags Corners Road (CR 20) in Pawling
  • Quaker Hill Road (CR 67) in Pawling
  • Old Hopewell Road (CR 28) in Wappinger/East Fishkill
  • Middlebush Road, Myers Corners Road (CR 93) in Wappinger
  • All Angels Hill Road (CR 94) in Wappinger
  • New Hackensack Road (CR 104) in Wappinger
  • County House Road (CR 97) in Washington
  • Bean River Road (CR 59) in Pine Plains
  • Route 83 (CR 83) Pine Plains/North East

Dutchess County’s Highway Construction and Maintenance Division maintains nearly 400 center-line miles of County roads annually.

Dale Borchert, Dutchess County Legislator and chair of the Environment Committee said, “Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of and celebrate how our community continues to strive toward improving the environment and how we should all maintain green habits all year long. I thank our DPW Highway crews, as well as the many volunteers who help keep Dutchess County beautiful.”

Organizations and residents who are interested in helping keep Dutchess County’s roadways clean and scenic can participate in the County’s Adopt-A-Highway program. 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 DPW Highway Crews work to ensure our roads are safe and beautiful. Everyone can help us keep Dutchess County clean and green for everyone to enjoy by disposing of trash properly and taking the time to pick up litter when necessary,” said Dutchess County Commissioner of Public Works Bob Balkind.