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Water Main Repair – Mill Street (January 9, 2018)

The following street is closed today, Tuesday, January 9, 2018, for water main repairs: Mill Street between North Bridge Street and North Perry Street The City of Poughkeepsie Water Department is repairing a water main leak on Mill Street. Residents in this area may experience a temporary disruption in their
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Road Work Notice – North Clover Street – December 20, 2017

North Clover Street, between Main Street and Mill Street, is temporarily closed due to water main repairs. Residents in his area may experience a temporary disruption in their water service and/or low water pressure. Once the main is repaired and water service is restored, residents are asked to run the
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Road Work Notice (Bement Ave.) – December 7, 2017

The following intersection is closed today, Thursday, December 7, 2017, for paving work: Bement Avenue, at Winnikee Avenue/WB Arterial ramp. Work zones are in place and emergency vehicles will be accommodated.

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The Public Works Department oversees multiple divisions including:

Parking Water Distribution
Recycling & Sanitation Transfer Station
Sewer Maintenance Urban Tree Division

Administration and Permits Division

The Administration Division provides a Work Center for basic customer complaint service and administers four (4) important permitting programs for Excavating in the Public Right-of-Way, Underground City Utilities Mark-outs, Temporary Dumpster Placements, and Temporary Sidewalk or Street Closures.

Work Center

The Work Center handles most incoming calls, logging almost 2,000 service requests from the public each year.  These requests for service are directed to any one of the Public Works Divisions or Subdivisions:  Water, Sewer, Storm, City Electric, Buildings and Grounds, Urban Trees, Street Maintenance, Sign Shop, Sanitation, and Enforcement. The Work Center also coordinates emergency requests for city underground utilities mark-outs during regular working hours.

Administration and Permits

Excavation Permit:
Provides permission to excavate in the public right-of way; commonly called a street opening. Doing work on city property requires proof of liability and workers compensation insurance.  The fee for a street opening depends on the age of the pavement and requires a security deposit. (Note: this also requires a permit from the Dept of Building, Planning & Zoning.)

Utility Mark-outs:
Notifications of upcoming excavations in the city are transmitted to the Department of Public Works via the Underground Facilities Protection Organization (UFPO).  The department requires the UFPO No. on the Excavation Permit Application.

Dumpster Permit:
Provides permission for a homeowner or resident to temporarily place a dumpster on a city street or sidewalk.  The application and permit fee is $50.

Sidewalk or Street Closure Permit:
Provides permission for a homeowner or resident to temporarily block a city street or sidewalk.  The application and permit fee is $100.