The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for the maintenance of all town roads. Depending on the season, the town crew focuses their energies on a variety of different responsibilities with the overall goal of maintaining safe roads.
The DPW maintains a busy schedule during the summer. Much of the summer is devoted to road paving related work, but DPW also does maintenance work. As soon as the weather and road conditions allow DPW starts removing sand and gravel from paved swales and paved ditches along roads. This usually requires hand sweeping. When ice has melted in catch basins, DPW uses the vactor truck to clean some catch basins. Snow plowing causes some damage to lawns. In the spring, DPW will repair the worst cases, especially where the driver plowed up sod too far off the road. Streets are swept in May or early June to remove sand and gravel left from winter maintenance. Each year a schedule of roads to be paved is published. Check the main Public Works page
in the late spring for the current year's schedule. The Town also published 5 year plans for gravel and paved road maintenance and repavement. Those can be found on our Town Plans page
Contractors perform many maintenance services during the summer, including: painting road lines and other pavement markings, filling road cracks, mowing roadside grass and weeds, removing large trees, spreading liquid calcium chloride for dust control, and installing guardrail.
Roadside ditching is another important and common summer maintenance job. Ditching is important to protect the road bed, to keep water off of the road surface (and from icing in the winter) and to keep water flowing towards its ultimate destination.
In the winter, highway crews concentrate on keeping roadways clear and safe. For the winter season, the highway department has two people on duty at night to monitor road conditions and to clear town and school properties for the morning commute. During any given storm there are nine trucks out on the road plowing. Crews are often working as early as 3 a.m. to make roads safe for morning travel. The department spreads around 2,000 tons of salt any given year on three different salt truck routes. Ongoing work to keep the fire hydrants and bridges (Bridge Street - Snowbridge Road) clear is also necessary.
It is important to note, that the town highway crews make every effort to make roads safe and passable in the winter, but often times due to a variety of factors (equipment problems, exhaustion, severity of storm) the roads are in poor condition. During these storm events, please drive safely, obey the winter parking ban, and be patient.