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The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.

     

    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    #7 Broadway Streetscape Project

     

    Click here for construction status updates.

    Project Host City of Kingston
    Project Goals
    • Improve traffic safety for all street users and pedestrian and bicycle access on Broadway from St. James Street to Grand Street.
    • Improve transit and traffic flow through signalization optimization from St. James Street to Foxhall Avenue.
    • Enhance aesthetics of the business corridor with new sidewalks, lighting, street furniture, and bicycle facilities.
    • Incorporate green infrastructure including bioswales and trees in the sidewalks to redirect stormwater away from the drainage system.

    This project renovates Broadway from East St. James Street to Grand Street and will include:

    • new ADA accessible sidewalks
    • paving of the entire roadway
    • new street lane configuration for parking, bikes, and vehicles that improve safety for all users
    • synchronized traffic lights that will move vehicular traffic more quickly at a consistent, safe speed
    • new traffic and wayfinding signs
    • 49 bioswales that divert stormwater from flowing into the Rondout Creek, reduce the stormwater volume that goes to the city’s water treatment plant and improve water quality, and add greenery
    • 2 interpretive panels that explain the bioswales
    • 22 benches
    • 76 new healthy street trees that are appropriate for the environment and will not heave the sidewalk
    • 235 deciduous shrubs, 1470 herbaceous plants
    • 23 trash and 23 recycling cans
    • 28 bike racks
    • removal of antiquated parking meters and the addition of modern parking kiosks
    • integration with the design of the I-587 roundabout and seamless connections for pedestrians and bicyclists from one project to the other
    • making a connection on the Kingston Greenline and Empire State Trail
    Funder(s) & Amounts

    Updated numbers coming soon!

    NYSDOT - Transportation Enhancements Program - $2,001,500
    NYSDOT - Reallocated Earmark Funds - $360,000
    NYSERDA - Cleaner, Greener Communities Program - $844,000
    NYSDEC - Climate Smart Communities Program - $850,000
    NYSEFC - Green Infrastructure Grant Program - $1,400,000

    Project Manager's Contact Information John Schultheis 
    City Engineer
    845-334-3967
    jschultheis@kingston-ny.gov
    Project Status (Updated March 2020)

    The County completed the conceptual plan for the project in 2015, and the City is now responsible for moving the project forward. The City has contracted with Greenman Pedersen, Inc. (GPI) to complete the design for the project. The project currently underway is identified as phase 1 in the County's conceptual plan, and it is in the preliminary design phase. A public meeting to review the preliminary design took place on February 23, 2017 at City Hall. Comments on the preliminary design were accepted until March 24, 2017. Comments were logged for further consideration by the project staff and Technical Advisory Committee, and these comments are incorporated into reports to NYSDOT. GPI submitted a preliminary design report to NYSDOT, which was approved.  The City then submitted a Final Design Report, and NYSDOT has given the City Final Design Approval. 

    The City and its consultants advanced Right-Of-Way (ROW) work to acquire small slivers of property on the existing sidewalk that are not within the City's highway boundary, and the ROW acquisition is complete as of August 2019. The engineers prepared Advanced Detailed Plans (ADPs) and submitted them to NYSDOT in February 2019.  The City received comments on the ADPs from NYSDOT, and we have addressed them for the final construction document submittal to NYSDOT, called Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E). Once PS&E is approved by NYSDOT, the City can bid the project.  The City submitted the PS&Es in August 2019 after internal review and consultation with the Tree Commission regarding tree choices for the project.  The PS&E submittal can be found in the links below.    

    NYSDOT approved the final construction documents.  The project was advertised for bid in December 2019.  The bid opening was held on January 16th, 2020.  The lowest bidder was Peter Luizzi & Bros Contracting Inc. from Albany, NY for $7,386,782.65.  The Common Council approved funding for the project at the February 2020 Common Council meeting, and the project was awarded to Luizzi on March 3, 2020.  Luizzi was given a notice to proceed on March 17, 2020.

    During the week of March 23rd, 2020 Luizzi began the construction project.  The first task was to remove trees in the project area before March 31, 2020, which is a requirement of environmental regulations that govern tree removal time frames to protect the endangered Indiana Bat, which can roost in trees in the spring, summer, and fall.  In the coming week, Luizzi will also be setting up traffic control signage, conducting layout and stake out, removing on street parking meters, and storing materials at their staging area.  Sidewalk removal and replacement will begin on April 6, 2020 in a block by block manner.   

    Residents, travelers, and business owners can view regular updates for this project and other projects on the City's Roadwork Update page: https://www.kingston-ny.gov/news/?FeedID=1130

    Project Links

      

    December 2019 Plans Advertised for Bid 

    August 2019 Plans and Specifications Submitted to NYSDOT

    February 2017 Trifold Factsheet Flyer

    February 2017 Preliminary Design Table Display at the Informational Meeting

    February 2017 Preliminary Design Table Display Presentation in Presentation Format with Pictures

    Federal Highway Administration Road Diet Primer

    November 2015 Broadway Traffic Signalization Study Part 1: Existing Conditions Report

    August 2016 Broadway Traffic Signalization Study Part 2: Signal Optimization Report