On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, Downes Construction presented a $9,000 donation at the Putnam Town Hall for the re-planking project on the Putnam River Trail footbridge. Mayor Barney Seney and Town Administrator Elaine Sistare accepted the donation on behalf of the Town. According to Seney, “Downes has worked in Putnam for years at Day Kimball Healthcare and now building our new Town Hall and library. Their commitment to our Town is matched by their commitment to quality construction. We are grateful for community partners like Downes.” Willie Bousquet, the Recreation Director in Putnam, says the repair work will be completed on the Henry Breault Footbridge that crosses the Quinebaug River on the River Trail between Simonzi Park and the Farmers Market within the next month. “We thank Downes for their contribution, their donation,” Bousquet said. “And this is going to go a long ways towards getting the project complete.”

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will take place mid- to late November, Bousquet added.

Downes Construction Company is a long-time partner in Putnam having worked at Day Kimball Hospital for the last 25 years and currently serving as the Construction Manager at Risk on the new 40,000 sf municipal building which will include Town Offices, Community Center, Historical Society and Library. “We are honored to continue our partnership with our friends in the ‘quiet corner’ on a project that will have an impact on the local and surrounding communities” stated Dave Patrick, President of Downes Construction Company.