News Release

December 28, 2015      

For Further Information Contact:
Colleen Pillus
(845) 486-2000

Bridge Repair Work on Palen Road in East Fishkill Complete


Poughkeepsie…The Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced rehabilitation work to replace deteriorating beams on Bridge E-9 on Palen Road (CR 31) in the Town of East Fishkill has been completed, allowing for the reopening of two-lane traffic and all weight restrictions to be lifted. As part of the repair project, the bridge was raised slightly and expanded to create 3-foot shoulders. The bridge, located over the Fishkill Creek, is a critical link for Dutchess County’s highway system, averaging approximately 9,600 vehicles per day.

“I thank our DPW staff for their management and oversight over the last several months to ensure the successful completion of this project. We are delighted the repair work was finished ahead of schedule, permitting the reopening of the bridge to two-way traffic and ensuring this vital roadway link is safe for residents,” said County Executive Marc Molinaro.

The Bridge E-9 repair project began in July of this year and was originally slated to be completed in two stages, with the second stage concluding in spring 2016; however, an accelerated work schedule and several temporary road closures over the course of the project resulted in an earlier-than-anticipated bridge reopening. The total cost for the bridge repair project totaled just over $2 million with 80% of costs eligible for federal reimbursement.

Final paving and restriping, as well as various drainage and clean-up of the affected bridge work area, will be completed in the spring. This work will require the use of a one-lane alternating traffic pattern, and is expected to last approximately four weeks.

For more information, please contact the Dutchess County Department of Public Works at (845) 486-2925.


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