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The pavement along Rt 376 between markers 1111 and 1108 has deteriorated into deep chasms, potholes, and fissures.
The linear disintegration south of marker 1111 seems to follow an underlying concrete joint. The shoulder has deep, tire-trapping fissures, forcing cyclists far out into the travel lane along a narrow and curved part of Rt 376:
The hole at address 2181 (across from Paula’s House / GastroPub) was previously patched, but recent weather has excavated it nearly a foot deep. The shoulder has also deteriorated, again forcing cyclists into the travel lane:
The previous patches along the inside of the curve just north of Heathbrook Drive (south of marker 1108) have disintegrated. There’s no shoulder at all along that section and the fissures in the travel lane force cyclists into the lane along a blind curve:
This section of NYS Bicycle Route 9 poses an immediate danger to both cyclists and motorists, so I reported all these to NYS DOT and, a day later, a crew traveled along Rt 376 shoveling cold patch into many of the holes and flattening the lumps more-or-less parallel to the road surface: it’s now driveable, if still a hazard for bicycle traffic.
Hope springs eternal; after all, they did repave Rt 376 around Red Oaks Mill.
NYS DOT’s recent Rt 376 repaving projects improved the road surface, but the infractructure seems to be crumbling apace, as we spotted on a recent walk across the bridge over Wappinger Creek:
The ragged edge of the deck shows other slivers have fallen into the creek.
My arms aren’t long enough to get a closer view:
The concrete roadway is developing potholes in the right hand southbound lane, so the upper surface has begun crumbling, too.
I think the bridge dates to the mid-1990s, based on the aerial photo history from Dutchess GIS, so it’s a bit over twenty years old. Nothing lasts.
Repairing stuff is hard …
This example of the City of Poughkeepsie’s branding seems poorly thought out:
Maybe not quite as bad as the “Too Cool to Do Drugs” pencil, but …
We’re approaching the Vassar Main gate roundabout on Raymond Avenue. I’m signaling for the middle of the lane, which involves extending my left arm straight out and pointing downward:
Evidently, the driver figures he can get past us into the roundabout, missing my hand by maybe a foot:
Six seconds later, we’re all stopped, because the planter in the middle of the roundabout is designed to hide the oncoming traffic and make you slow down:
I’m getting more assertive about moving leftward before we enter the approach, but obviously I’m not quite far enough over.
So it goes.
A silver Honda
Accord Civic (NY HLS-3678) passed me on Raymond, just before the Vassar Main Gate roundabout, with about as much clearance as one might expect:
I noodled along Raymond at 18 mph and the car pulled ahead at the usual 30 to 40 mph. Just after the College Avenue roundabout, the car pulled off to the right, as if to park, but continued rolling slowly and I gave it plenty of clearance:
The car immediately pulled out into the lane, directly in front of the Escalade that’s been following me at a courteous distance since the Main Gate roundabout, and pulled up close behind me, which immediately put me at DEFCON 3. Basically, drivers get exactly one bite at my apple; anyone who deliberately passes me a second time is likely up to no good.
As always, I signal and take the lane going into the Collegeview Avenue roundabout, still at 18-ish mph, whereupon the driver lays on the horn rather heavily. Apparently, he intended to accelerate past me into the roundabout, but I got in the way:
I’m now cranking 20 mph. A block later, the car passes me, rather closely this time:
Maybe this is a friendly wave, but the horn thing suggests otherwise and, in any event, it’s hard to tell in real time running:
At this point, I presume he’s gesturing me to GTFO the road:
And we part company:
Raymond Avenue would be a lot more bicycle-friendly without some of the drivers …
Well, bypass pruning shears, anyway …
Although NYSDOT did cut back the Japanese Knotweed along Rt 376 north of Maloney Rd, perhaps because they were repaving that section, the overgrowth south of Red Oaks Mill continues unabated:
I’ve been carrying shears to deal with the most egregious offenses, because some sport inch-long thorns:
Unlike the NYSDOT Wappingers (a.k.a. Dutchess South) Residency , their Poughkeepsie (a.k.a. Dutchess North) Residency has no compunction about defoliation around road signs:
And guide rails:
So, obviously, different strokes for different Residencies.
NYS DOT ground the asphalt surface and repaved Rt 376, dramatically improving the southern route to the rail trail along Maloney Drive.
Alas, the Japanese Knotweed continues to flourish:
I sent a note to their email contact and got the usual autoresponder message, but may have a side channel through the Dutchess County Planning Department to their Bicycle Coordinator. We shall see.