Drewville Road Bridge Reopened

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announces the reopening of the Drewville Road Bridge in Carmel. The New York State Department of Transportation has approved the reopening today, Friday, December 15, after the Putnam County Highways and Facilities Department completed the necessary repairs to the infrastructure.

“I am so proud of our highway department workers who came through as promised to have the bridge open in two weeks’ time, even under the recent harsh weather conditions,” said Odell. “Repairing our aging infrastructure is a priority for the county so we can ensure the safety of our residents.”

The highway department constructed temporary shoring for the bridge that will support the safe travel across the Drewville Road Bridge.

“The process required two weeks to make the repair,” explained Fred Pena, Highways and Facilities Commissioner. “Week 1 included designing the shoring, gathering equipment and material, obtaining permits and developing a work plan. During Week 2 the execution of the repair was done.”

A full replacement of the Drewville Road Bridge is scheduled for 2019.

Putnam’s Highway Departments prepare for the inclement weather with winter operations training

Winter is nearly upon us again, and municipal Highway Departments throughout the region are busy preparing equipment and personnel for their upcoming snow plowing , keeping our roads safe for travel. Recently, Highway personnel from 3 counties gathered at the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services Training Center to attend a course on Winter Plowing Operations & Safety, delivered by Ground Force Training, Inc.
Highway Superintendents and their personnel representing the following municipalities participated:

  • Putnam County Highway & Facilities Dept.
  • Town of Dover
  • Town of Kent
  • Town of Philipstown
  • Town of Patterson
  • Town of Southeast
  • Town of Yorktown
  • Village of Cold Spring

Putnam’s Commissioner of Highways & Facilities, Fred Pena, the host of the training, spoke of Putnam County’s commitment to public safety and the safety of the highway personnel that keep the roads open during the winter storms that frequent our area.

This is the third year of the training at the county. County Safety Officer John O’Connor, who coordinated the activity, stated that since its inception, the training program has reduced safety related incidents as well as greatly contributed to more efficiency during plowing operations. The increased efficiency and reduced incidents translates to taxpayer savings by using less materials (salt,sand), less man hours and extending equipment service life.

Workers Repair Pillars to Historic Putnam County Courthouse

CARMEL, NY — As the second oldest county courthouse still in use in New York State, it’s no surprise that the Putnam County Courthouse requires structural repairs from time to time.  On November 14, 2016, Putnam Highway Department workers, Joe Murdock, Justyn Lewis and Mark Semo, repaired pillars, which were added to the Courthouse during an 1847 renovation.

Joe Murdock, Justyn Lewis and Mark Semo.

Pictures from Left: Joe Murdock, Mark Semo, and Justyn Lewis