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Dutchess County Classic Will Impact Traffic This Weekend

More than 1,000 runners are expected to take part in this year's 38th annual Dutchess County Classic.
More than 1,000 runners are expected to take part in this year's 38th annual Dutchess County Classic. Photo Credit: DutchessCountyClassic/Facebook

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Residents should be prepared throughout Dutchess County for traffic delays and detours during the 38th annual Dutchess County Classic on Sunday.

The annual event will take place on roads through the towns of LaGrange, East Fishkill and Wappinger. 

Drivers can expect up to 1,000 runners participating in the children's race, 5K and half-marathon events, which will start at Arlington High School in LaGrange.

According to the New York State Police, the following roads will be closed throughout the morning for the event:

  • Dr. Fink Road will be closed for all three running events from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Freedom Road will be closed from state Route 55 to the entrance of James Baird State Park for the duration of the 5K event. It is anticipated that this closure will last from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.
  • State Route 55 will be briefly closed to vehicular traffic at the Lauer Road intersection in Lagrange to allow hundreds of runners to safely cross the intersection from about 8:35 until about 8:45 a.m.
  • Lauer Road in LaGrange will be open to local traffic only.
  • Noxon Road in LaGrange, from the intersection of Robinson Lane to Stringham Road, will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Hillside Lake Road, also known as County Route 33, will have a designated area for runners on the north shoulder.

Due to the above closures and potential traffic delays during the race, motorists are also advised to avoid the following roads from 8 a.m. until noon:

  • State Route 55 and Freedom Road in the area of Arlington High School, LaGrange.
  • Lauer Road, Todd Hill Road, and Stringham Road in LaGrange.
  • Noxon Road between Robinson Lane and Arthursburg Road in LaGrange.
  • Robinson Lane in the towns of Wappinger, East Fishkill and LaGrange.
  • Hillside Lake Road in the towns of East Fishkill and LaGrange.
  • Arthursburg Road between the Taconic State Parkway and Noxon Road in LaGrange.
  • Todd Hill Road between Lauer Road and the Taconic State Parkway in LaGrange.

Drivers planning to use any of these roads on Sunday morning should allow extra time or use alternate routes to get to their destinations. 

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