FREEHOLD, NJ – In honor of National Public Works Week (May 19-25), the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the men and women who provide public works services that are vital to the health, safety and well-being of county residents.

Honorees include the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering, which comprises the divisions of Engineering, Bridges, Highway, Shade Tree, Fleet Services and Buildings & Grounds. Also recognized is the county’s Mosquito Extermination Commission. Collectively, these employees are responsible for building, designing, operating and maintaining systems that connect local, state and national infrastructure. 

“There are 380 miles of roadway, 980 bridges, and 220 traffic controls in Monmouth County’s public works infrastructure,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “A team of dedicated county staff efficiently perform their duties that involve snow and ice control, bridge repairs and operation, traffic signs, lines and signals, hazardous tree removal, storm water regulation compliance, gypsy moth and mosquito control and day-to-day building operations and repair.”

“Public Works Week seeks to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung heroes – the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso, liaison to the county Mosquito Extermination Commission. “While this week raises the public’s awareness of public works issues, it also increases confidence in public works employees who are dedicated to improving the quality of life today and in the future.”

National Public Works Week was instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association in 1960 to call attention to the importance of public works in community life.