One Rod Hwy Renamed After Former DPW Director

Richard J. White Jr. retired from his post in August. The road leading to the Department of Public Works' garage will now be called 'Richard White Way.'

After nearly two decades of heading the Department of Public Works, Rich White will see name displayed across the former One Rod Highway, home to the site of DPW operations.

The Board of Selectmen voted to rename the street Richard White Way to honor the town's second director of Public Works, whose tenure with the town lasted 27 years before his retirement last August.

"Everything this man has done was in the interest of the town, everything from A to Z," Selectman Kevin Kiley said at the Board's Dec. 5 meeting. "He has done a phenomenal job for this town."

First Selectman Michael Tetreau explained that the idea to rename the road came from one of White's former employees.

"It's our way of saying there will always be a piece of him here, so he can always find a way home," Tetreau said.

In addition to the renamed One Rod Highway, residents should take note that the access road bordering the Fairfield Metro Train Station has been officially named "Ash Creek Boulevard." The road runs from Kings Highway East to Black Rock Turnpike.

Fairfield Old Timer December 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM
It's too bad his name will be sullied when the neighbors of GreenCycle have to call and complain to the DPW about the odors from their operations. It used to be: "Hi, I am calling to complain about the punget odors coming from GreenCycle over on One Rod Highway." Now it will be: "Hi, I am calling to complain about the punget odors coming from GreenCycle over on Richard White Way."
Chuck E. Arla December 10, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Have to question the timing of this. Isn't the Town reeling from the destruction of the Penfield Pavillion which was undermined by Sandy. That's a structure where Mr White's DPW put in the undermined pilings. Take a look at them.....look to be only 5" deep.


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