Dahn S. Bull
Ellen Martin – Deputy Highway Superintendent
New Developments: Plans for all new development in the Town are reviewed by a Town engineer to isolate any highway or drainage related problems.
MAIN FUNCTION OF DEPARTMENT
The Highway department is responsible for the over 230 miles of Town roads that are maintained by 34 employees using 25 trucks and 12 pieces of major equipment. Additionally we are responsible for snow and ice control, paving and reconstruction, maintenance of roads, signs and roadway markings, roadside drainage, tree and brush cutting.
Listed below are the services provided by the Highway Department.
Through an agreement with the Town of Clifton Park, County Waste offers free yard waste pick-up for all residents from April through November.
Leaves and brush will be collected in brown paper yard waste bags only. No yard waste will be collected from garbage cans. Small, bundled brush that is less than four feet long and three inches in diameter will also be collected. Bundles need to be tied so as one person can pick up a bundle. Waste pickup days will be every Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Please call Town Hall at 371-6651 for additional details.
Items that will not be collected:
The Highway Department is responsible for picking up dead animals on all Town Roads with assistance from the Animal Control Office in some cases. Please call (518) 371-6651 to report.
The Highway Department will clean ditches and drains on an as needed basis. When time allows the Highway Department will also clean debris from roadside culverts.
Town roads are assessed on a regular basis by the Highway Superintendent. Paving schedules are determined by the funds that are available and the maintenance that is needed for the safety of our Community. Potholes are repaired year round. If you have a pothole in your area that needs repair, please call 371-7310, and a foreman will inspect the area immediately to determine the best course of action.
The Town of Clifton Park Highway Department is on call 24 hours a day to make the 435 lane miles of Town roadways clear and safe. The Highway Department has multiple routes for plowing and salting in an effort to provide safe conditions in an efficient manner. During winter months, it is important that you ensure vehicles and obstacles are not in the road. These obstructions make it difficult for plows to maneuver and keep our roads safe.
The Highway Department offers installation of roadside culvert pipes. The Highway Department will install and back fill the area at no cost to the homeowner. All material, topsoil, and seeding are the responsibility of the homeowner.
Street sweepers are used to support paving and pipe installation projects during the warm weather months. In addition, all Town roads are swept on an annual basis beginning in the spring.
Anything put within the ROW can be considered an obstruction, this would include basketball hoops. Due to the liability to the town created by items placed within their ROW, NYS Highway Law Section 319: Obstructions and their removal, discusses removing them from the town's ROW.
The town has the right to remove these obstructions after proper notice is given. If they are not removed by the owner, the town may remove them and pass the charges for the removal to the owner. It has also been useful to notify the insurance company of the residences that have obstructions to put them on notice that they are also liable for the homeowner's actions.
Below is the text for Highway Law Section 319:
§319. Obstructions and their removal.
1. Obstructions, within the meaning of this section, shall include trees which have been cut or have fallen either on adjacent lands or within the bounds of the highway, in such a manner as to interfere with public travel therein; limbs of trees which have fallen within the highway, or branches of trees overhanging the highways so as to interfere with public travel therein; lumber, wood or logs piled within the bounds of the public highway; machines, vehicles and implements abandoned or habitually placed within the bounds of the highway; fences, buildings or other structures erected within the bounds of the highway; earth, stone or other material placed in any ditch or waterway along the highway; telegraph, telephone, trolley and other poles, and the wires connected therewith, erected within the bounds of the highway in such a manner as to interfere with the use of the highway for public travel.
2. It shall be the duty of each owner or occupant of lands situate along the highway, to remove all obstructions within the bounds of the highway, which have been placed there, either by themselves or by their consent. It shall be the duty of all telephone, telegraph, electric railway and other electrical companies, to remove and reset telephone, telegraph, trolley and other poles and the wires connected therewith, when the same constitute obstructions to the use of the highway by the traveling public. If temporary obstructions such as trees, lumber, wood, logs, machinery, vehicles and similar obstructions are not removed within forty-eight hours after the service of a notice, personally or by mail, upon such owner or occupant, requesting the same to be done, the town superintendent shall remove such obstruction. And if permanent obstructions, including, among others, telegraph, telephone, trolley and other poles and wires connected therewith, are not moved and reset within thirty days, the town superintendent shall move and reset such poles and wires. The expense thereby incurred shall be paid in the first instance out of moneys levied and collected and available therefor, and the amount thereof shall be charged against such owner, occupant or company, and levied and collected, as provided in section one hundred and fifty-seven.
Source: NYS LTAP Center - Cornell Local Roads Program - https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fcals.cornell.edu%2fnysltap-local-roads&c=E,1,02kBet2Lj5QKOQVTD2DEsJ9XfOY15CPPvyLaiR7isFci1ATmxn-rCj7J2SN39nfhBRLfaQT7RwRdBooAkw_uwGYPuaZ9KKt05xD8dRkiaSM,&typo=1