Department of Public Works
Division of Highway

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to frequently asked questions about the Division of Highway. If the information you need is not addressed here, please contact us during our business hours.

The Division is located in The Public Operations Center Building at 347 Old Niskayuna Road, at the corner of Wade Road and Old Niskayuna Road in Latham. Our office is located on the 2nd floor at the southern end of the building.

The DPW Division of Highways has a yearly paving program in the Town of Colonie based on a Pavement Evaluation Scoring System developed several years ago for municipalities whereby each Town road is given a score from 1 to 10 based on the pavement condition. A score of 10 indicates a newly paved road whereas a score of 1 would indicate that the road was not passable by a vehicle. Fortunately, in the Town of Colonie, our lowest rated roads are a condition 5 and these roads become a priority for the Paving Program on a yearly basis within the confines of our budget allocation. We can always tell you if your street will or will not be paved in the current calendar year and we can usually project to the next calendar year whether your street is scheduled to be paved.

The DPW Division of Highways maintains drainage on Town owned public roads, on Town owned property and within areas where the Town of Colonie has an easement for the maintenance of drainage systems. The Division will provide maintenance in these public areas, however, the Division cannot legally provide drainage maintenance on private property. The Department of Public Works will assist property owners in the determination of public or private ownership and maintenance responsibilities, and or possible solutions.

The Division offers rental of a 12 yard dumpster for residential use for disposal purposes for approximately a 48 hour period, or a weekend, depending on availability. The cost of this service is $250.00 and there are 5 dumpsters available to be delivered Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It is necessary to come into the office in order to schedule a date.

Keep in mind:

This service is not available during winter maintenence months.

The DPW Division of Highway oversees the leaf and brush pick-up program. Pick-up is scheduled based on your Fire District. You can contact the Department of Public Works Leaf Pick-up line at (518) 783-LEAF or the Division of Highway directly if you have any questions or concerns.


(518) 783-2795
Off-hours / Emergency: (518) 783-2744 (Police Department)
Public Operations Center
Second Floor
347 Old Niskayuna Road
Latham, NY 12110-2290