Staff Page & Contact Information

Blue Ridge Road, Minerva
8053 U.S. Route 9, Elizabethtown, New York 12932

Office: 518-873-6326, 518-873-3666 Fax: 518-873-9195
Shop: 518-873-2034, 518-873-3667

Digging/Right-of-way Permit | Hauling Permit |
DPW Maintenance and Repair Form |
DPW Work Order Form

Photo: Blue Ridge Road in Minerva


Superintendent of Public Works, Jim Dougan  518-873-3739

Deputy Superintendent of Public Works, Todd Hodgson  518-873-3734

Planning and Design Section
Gary Rancour, Assistant Civil Engineer  518-873-3746
Hugh Harwood, Assistant Civil Engineer  518-873-3752
Andrew Stanley, Project Manager  518-873-3745
Cole Fernandez, Sr. Engineering Technician 518-873-3747

Tracy Bedard, Confidential Secretary  518-873-3743
Jennifer Bridge, Principal Account Clerk  518-873-3742
Heather Provoncha, Engineering Assistant  518-873-3741
Paula Monette, Account Clerk  518-873-3727

Division of Highways
Jason Frasier, General Public Works Supervisor  518-873-3736

Public Works Maintenance Supervisors
William Gay, Charles O’Neil, Rick Meachem  518-873-3667
Brian Phinney Jr, Sign Maintenance Supervisor  518-873-3738
Randy Colegrove, Supervising Mechanic  518-873-3737

Division of Buildings and Grounds
Josh Meachem, Public Works Buildings and Grounds Supervisor  518-873-3642

Jed Sprague, Public Safety Building Maintenance Office  518-873-6923

Essex County Highway Maps: Essex County highway maps with 911 updates on town, county, and state roads, are available.  The maps may be purchased at the County Clerk’s office or the County Highway Department for $2.50.  If you would like a map mailed to you, please send a check for $3.00 to Essex County Highway Department, 7551 Court Street, PO Box 217, Elizabethtown, NY 12932.

About the Department of Public Works

Essex County maintains 356.26 miles of roads throughout the eighteen towns of the County. This network includes a range of road classifications, including residential streets, rural, collector, and high volume arterial roads. This system requires a varied approach to highway maintenance. Due to this diversity and limited budget with which to operate, the Highway Division has established and continues to implement maintenance and construction techniques that produce the best results with the money available.

Unlike many of the neighboring counties, Essex County has created a partnership with the town highway departments. Hired under a municipal contract, the towns perform a good percentage of the routine maintenance of the county road system. The range of duties performed by them varies widely, from hauling to patching and ditching. This cooperative effort has been very effective in sustaining the county road system.

Road construction projects, both major and minor, are completed by a combination of town, county, and contracted forces. Similarly, the county is frequently sought to work with towns on their road projects. It is common to find the towns doing their own work with equipment that is rented from Essex County.

The county bridge system has been vigorously addressed over the past decade. It is now rare to receive a notice of a “Red Flag” closure of a bridge by the state inspection crew. Essex County maintains 138 bridges, five of which are mutually shared with Clinton County.

As far as snow and ice control is concerned, Essex County monitors 52 miles of its roads. All the towns, except Elizabethtown, maintain the rest of the county road network.

Classification of Highways |  Distribution of Highway Mileages

Interbrook Road over Johns Brook in the Town of Keene

Recently Completed Projects

Essex County DPW Salt/Sand Storage
Construction Dates: August 2021 - April 2022
Project Fact Sheet (PDF)
Tracy Road Over Ash Craft Brook (B.I.N. 3371790)
Construction Dates: July 2021 - September 2021
Project Fact Sheet (PDF)
Tracy Road Over New Pond Brook (B.I.N. 3302640)
Construction Dates: May 2021 - July 2021
Project Fact Sheet (PDF)
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Project List – Ordered by Most Recently Completed