Department of Public Works
Division of Highway
347 Old Niskayuna Road
Latham, NY 12110
Off-hours / Emergency: (518) 783-2744 (Police Department)
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
DPW Division of Highway ResponsibilitiesWe are responsible for maintaining approximately 310 centerline miles of Town roads which equates to 1,153 town owned roads. These responsibilities include snow removal and ice control, paving and the maintenance of roads, signage, roadway markings, drainage, tree and brush cutting and removal within the Town's right of way, and the disposal of non-domestic dead animals. The Division is also responsible for the maintenance of approximately 36 miles of sidewalk.
One of the Division's major responsibilities during the upcoming winter season is to keep the Town roads clear of snow and ice. We utilize our own work force and outside contractors to accomplish this task. We also ask the cooperation of Town residents in keeping the roads clear of vehicles and portable basketball hoops in order to do the best job possible while plowing and sanding. Also please note that no snow from a driveway or parking lot should be deposited on a town road.
The Division is also responsible for collecting holiday trees. The trees will be collected, weather permitting, from January 2nd until all trees have been picked up, but no later than the last Friday in February. The Department requests that the trees be stripped of all decorations, left to the side of the road and not in plastic wrap. This service does not include wreaths or any other holiday decorations.
Available Residential Services Through DPW Division of HighwayThe Division offers our residents rental of a 12 yard capacity dumpster for disposal purposes for approximately a 48 hour period or a weekend, depending on availability. An informational sheet is attached with regulations and restrictions to this service. This service can be utilized for residential homeowners use and can not be used for commercial purposes, such as work being done by contractors. The current fee is $200.00 plus a $50.00 refundable deposit which will be returned if no restricted materials are found in the dumpster. You may pay by personal check or money order. The program runs from April through December, weather permitting, and does require you to come into the office to complete paperwork. We also currently offer screened millings and crushed rubble for $6.00 per cubic yard when quantities allow.
Road Work Permit RequirementsRequests for excavating into a Town road require a Highway Permit. Currently the charge is $500.00 for the first 25 feet of excavation and $20.00 per foot for additional footage. When the road is restored to the Highway Superintendent's satisfaction, a refund is granted, less a $100.00 permit fee. This program also requires you to come into the office to complete paperwork. In addition, a Town of Colonie Highway and Drainage Standards book can be purchased for a fee of $10.00. This book provides important information on our Highway and Drainage standards and procedures for existing and future development.
As winter comes to a close, the Town's Department of Public Works (DPW), Division of Highways, is still out there working to keep our roads clear so you and your family can travel to your chosen destination safely and without major delay.
Snow removal in the Town is of utmost importance to Town officials. As mandated by Section 140 of the Highway Law, it is our policy in the Town to have streets clean of snow as soon as possible. The Town, in performing this service to its residents, attempts to handle matters professionally, competently, and quickly. It must be remembered that this is no small task since we have 310 center-line miles (meaning 620 true centerline miles) of roadways in the Town.
To provide you with the best service, the DPW, Division of Highways, would like to remind you that it needs your full cooperation.
For example, a problem often times occurs when Town residents leave their vehicles in the Town streets. This hinders our snowplowing operation. It would assist us if you make sure your vehicle is in your driveway, and not in the street, when a storm begins.
Please note that when a parked vehicle blocks a street so our snowplows cannot pass, we have no other option than to summon a police car to assist us in having the vehicle moved or towed. If it is towed, the owner of the vehicle will be responsible for towing charges.
This is a request by the Superintendent of Highways and by the operators of the snowplows. Please give us a hand by keeping your vehicles off the streets from the start to the end of a snow storm.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and if you should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the DPW, Division of Highways, at 783-2795.
The table below lists streets that are scheduled for routine, preventative maintenance within our Paving Program for 2017.
|Vly Road||Mill||Peckham Road Corp||Week of June 12th|
|Lansing Road South||Mill||Peckham Road Corp||Week of June 5th|
|Virginia Ave||Mill||Peckham Road Corp||Week of June 5th|
|Boght Road||Pave||New Castle Paving||Week of May 28th|
|Maidstone Lane||Pave||New Castle Paving||Week of May 28th|
|Windermere Court||Pave||New Castle Paving||Week of May 28th|
The table below lists streets that are scheduled for routine, preventative maintenance within our Crack Sealing Program for 2017.
There are no works scheduled at this time. Check back later.