Ulster County Re-Opens Rt 47 BridgeMay 29th, 2012 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
COUNTY EXECUTIVE MIKE HEIN HOLDS A RIBBON CUTTING AT THE NEWLY BUILT BRIDGE ON COUNTY ROUTE 47 IN BIG INDIAN
On August 28, 2011, as a result of Hurricane Irene, the Cascade Brook turned into raging flood waters, severely damaging Oliviera Road/County Route 47 in Big Indian. The damage to the road was so extensive it created a large break in the road: 24’ deep by 50’ across, requiring a bridge to be built in a place where no bridge had previously been needed. Incredibly, the Ulster County Department of Public Works was able to install a temporary crossing in less than 48 hours to allow for emergency passage. The Ulster County Department of Public Works Engineering Division and Bridge Crew then designed, built and installed a new bridge, which was completed within seven months of the destruction.
After previously consulting with Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, County Executive Hein will be requesting the Ulster County Legislature name this bridge the “Steven F. Fischer Memorial Cascade Brooke Bridge” in recognition of the amazing efforts of the County’s DPW and after Ulster County native Steven F. Fischer. Steven was a 20-year public servant at the Ulster County Department of Public Works who was instrumental to the construction of countless bridges across our County and who tragically passed away on September 1, 2010. He was highly respected for his vast knowledge and devotion to the people of Ulster County, and beloved for his willingness to help others while he embodied the commitment of the County’s DPW.
“It is an honor to stand here today and recognize the hardworking men and women of the Ulster County Department of Public Works for their truly amazing response efforts following Hurricane Irene, and to pay tribute to Steven Fischer, an outstanding public servant,” said County Executive Hein. “Not only did Ulster County DPW plan for and install this bridge in record time, but following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee they have put forth an extraordinary effort to systematically repair and rebuild the County’s infrastructure that was damaged or destroyed during these devastating storms.”
“I would like to thank County Executive Mike Hein for all of his efforts on behalf of the residents of Shandaken, not only for getting this bridge built so quickly but for the progress being made on the Phoenicia Bridge as well, said Shandaken Town Supervisor Rob Stanley. “I would also like to commend the Ulster County DPW for their continuing efforts to help Shandaken recover from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.”
According to Henry Stout, Owner of the Full Moon Resort on County Route 47, “Following Hurricane Irene, the bridge and road repair were fast and effective. Full Moon Resort appreciates that Town Supervisor Rob Stanley and Ulster County Executive Mike Hein took disaster recovery efforts very seriously and recognized that transportation access to our valley represents a critical lifeline to our tourism based economy.”