STATE OF NEW YORK
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
4 BURNETT BOULEVARD
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. 12603
Robert Dennison III, P.E.
Joseph H. Boardman
November 4, 2002
Mr. George J. Rohrman
Planning Board Chairman
Town of Southeast
67 Main Street
Brewster, New York 10509
RE: State Environmental Quality Review
Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Terravest Corporate Park
Town of Southeast, Putnam County
Dear Mr. Rohrman:
We have completed our review of the referenced proposal in connection with the
traffic impacts on the neighboring State highway system.
The methodology utilized in the traffic impact study is acceptable. In
general , the existing traffic volumes at several intersection along State
Highways are comparable with our counts. However; we have the following
comments to offer:
The combined volumes are developed for the year 2002. Is it the year in
which the facility will be fully operational? If not, the combined volumes
and associated impacts would be evaluated for the year the facility will be
Signal warrant analyses should be performed to justify whether North
Brewster road and Zimmer road intersections with Route 312 requires a traffic
signal or not.
The Department is pursuing a safety improvements project (PIN 880668) in
the vicinity of the referenced project, along Route 312, and scheduled for
letting in the year of 2003. We recommend that our design group (project
manager) should be contacted prior to any final site plan approvals for their
review and comments.
The DEIS proposes mitigations at several intersections to alleviate impacts
due to the additional traffic generated by the proposed development. However,
even with the recommended improvements, a number of intersections would still
have approaches/intersections operating at LOS E. Considering the existing
congestion at a number of locations within the vicinity of the proposed
project and the traffic volumes generated by the proposed development, we are
concerned that additional delays will remain, even with the recommended
highway improvements. We would suggest that the Town and the developer
working together with the Department take a more comprehensive look at the
recommended highway improvements.
We would like to remind you that a State Highway Work Permit will be required for any curb cuts, drainage works or any other proposed construction with the state road right-of-way. An application and final site plans should be forwarded to this Department's local residency office, as soon as possible, to initiate the review process.
We further like to remind you that the proposed mitigation and safety related issues would be reviewed by our Traffic Engineering and Safety Group as part of Highway Work Permit review process.
If you have any questions, or need any information, we can be reached at (845) 431-5793.
Very truly yours,
Akhter A. Shareef
Senior Transportation Analyst