Pawling Receives Bridge Funding

Last month, Pawling was the recipient of funds from New York State that will ultimately be used for the repair of two bridges in town. As part of the BRIDGE NY program, the money awarded to Pawling will be used for the revitalization of bridges on Dewey Lane and West Main Street.

The Town of Pawling received $353,000 for the bridge on Dewey Lane over Hiller Brook. “Dewey Lane Bridge was closed for almost two years,” explains Supervisor James Schmitt. “There was no funding for it. One of the first things I tried to do was secure funding for the project. I met with Senator Terrence Murphy; we went down there and climbed all over it.”

Following the meeting with State Senator Murphy, officials worked to determine a cost for repairs and submitted the application for funds through the BRIDGE NY initiative. Also included in the application was a request to secure funds in the amount of $151,000 for repairs to the culvert on West Main Street in the Village of Pawling, which traverses the Swamp River tributary.

“We were able to get both of them,” says Schmitt. “I feel good about that. In less than one year’s time we managed to bring in over $500,000 in grant money. It’s a good win for the community, and it shows how important it is to have a good relationship with leaders at the county and state level.”

Schmitt emphasizes the importance of repairs to both bridges, especially on Dewey Lane: “The high school is right around the corner from there, and there are also many homes on Dewey Lane. If first responders ever had to get down there, they would have to go completely out of the way.”

With the funding secured, Town officials can begin the process of soliciting bids to move the projects forward. “We’re pretty excited about it,” says Supervisor Schmitt.

The BRIDGE NY initiative awarded more than $262.2 million in funding to local governments for bridge and culvert repair throughout Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. The money will fund 165 individual projects across New York.

“Investing in transportation infrastructure is critical to our economic prosperity and the safety of New Yorkers and visitors alike,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo during the announcement on November 13. “By providing Bridge NY funding to local governments in every region of the State, we are ensuring bridges and culverts remain safe and reliable and continue supporting economic growth for decades to come.”