The City of Poughkeepsie is planning to transform the Liberty Street parking lot into a visually appealing, environmentally friendly space for motorists, bikers and walkers and businesses in the area.

The $1.4 million projects will vastly improve the pavement and drainage of the public parking lot and reduce the impacts of flooding during strong weather events.

Outdated stormwater management methods will be replaced by “green Infrastructure,” including concentrate pavers that will enable water to soak into ground sources reducing runoff and flooding.

In connection with this project, the City will hold a public meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 17 in the lobby at 40 Cannon Street. The city also is announcing that street-level parking lots, including the Liberty lot, will be free to motorists on weekends for the rest of 2019.

The Liberty lot project is expected to begin in the spring and also will help combat the impacts of water runoff that can overwhelm the city’s sewer system, causing “combined sewer overflows” or CSOs.

While Poughkeepsie is in compliance with all New York State regulations, the City is working to mitigate these overflows, and this project is part of that strategy.

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