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Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced work on Bridges PO-17X and L-43 on Degarmo Road (CR 43) over the Wappinger Creek in the Towns of LaGrange and Pougkeepsie is complete and the road has reopened to traffic, on schedule and under budget. The Degarmo Road bridges project is one of several major county road and bridge projects completed or underway this season. Degarmo Road, which averages approximately 10,000 vehicles per day, was one of the most significant projects in scope of work. DPW engineers crafted a work plan to enable the project to be completed in one season to minimize traffic impacts to the public as much as possible.
“Our DPW Engineering Division team continues to work industriously to ensure our road projects are completed on schedule and within or under budget. I thank our employees at DPW and our contractor partners for working tirelessly over the last several months to provide needed bridge improvements for motorists traveling on this busy roadway. I appreciate the patience of our residents as DPW works to complete several road and bridge projects throughout the County before year’s end,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.
Bridge rehabilitation work began in April and involved the replacement of existing bridge beams and decks, modification of abutments, installation of scour protection, and the addition of new bridge rail. Both bridges maintained 12-foot lanes and 4-foot shoulders and were raised approximately four feet to allow for greater clearance under the bridges during significant storms. The total cost for the project was approximately $2.6 million.