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, Chris Garrow  518-873-3745

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

Planning and Design Section
Todd Hodgson, Environmental Manager  518-873-3734
Robert Leveille, Assistant Civil Engineer  518-873-3744
Gary Rancour, Assistant Civil Engineer  518-873-3746
Colin Dowd, Sr. Engineering Technician  518-873-3747

Office/Clerical
Kathy LeClair, Confidential Secretary  518-873-3743
Jennifer Murphy, Senior Account Clerk  518-873-3742
Heather Provoncha, Administrative Assistant  518-873-3741

Division of Highways
Kenneth Whittemore, General Public Works Supervisor  518-873-3736

Public Works Maintenance Supervisors
Brian Colburn, Charles O’Neil, Mike McGinn  518-873-3667
Brian Phinney Jr., Sign Maintenance Supervisor  518-873-3738
Adam Lawrence, Supervising Mechanic  518-873-3737

Division of Buildings and Grounds
David Decker, Public Works Buildings and Grounds Supervisor  518-873-3642

Jail
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.

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 134 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