The Town of Dryden is the largest township in Tompkins County in road miles and one of the largest in the state outside of New York City. There are 159 named town roads in the Town making a total of 239.68 lane miles of town highways. In the winter, under contract to Tompkins County, we plow and sand approximately a .65 mile section of county road (Gulf Hill Road). The Town also plows and sands small sections of roads for the following Towns: Caroline, Ithaca, Virgil, and the following Villages: Dryden, Freeville, Lansing.
Roads will be monitored 24 hours a day by law enforcement personnel. When bad weather is expected, the Highway Supt and Deputy Highway Supt, will also be checking the roads. Our goal is to maintain a passable road by plowing and sanding. Motorist should not expect Town roads to be bare when temperatures are below 32 degrees. Drifting snow on windy days is difficult to keep clear when snow has accummalated along the side of the road. Hard & black ice conditions take longer to maintain because snowplow trucks have to drive slower to avoid sliding off the road. Occasionally, mechanical breakdowns, severe weather conditions, and employees becoming ill do slow us down. Motorist should use winter tires or a new set of all season tires during winter months. Please slow down and drive accordingly to the condition of the road.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT VEHICLES OR EQUIPMENT SHOULD NOT BE PARKED ON ANY TOWN HIGHWAYS OR TURNAROUNDS FROM NOVEMBER 1 – APRIL 30! VEHICLES OR EQUIPMENT MAY BE TOWED AND WILL BE AT OWNERS EXPENSE!
* Note it is illegal to remove, shovel, plow, snow blow snow from private driveways across or in the highway. Offenders may be ticketed for creating a hazard to motorist including the Town of Dryden Snowplow operators. If you’ve observed a person doing this please call the Sheriffs Department at 257-1345.
MAILBOX GUIDELINES : The Town Highway policy is not to replace or repair mailboxes damaged by the impact of snow when plowing or because of snow removal. Refer to County Law section 6 and Highway Law section 319 – Snow Removal From Highway.
To minimize the risk of damage: 1) The mailbox, including support arm, should have a minimum clearance of 41” above the road side shoulder, 2) The front of the mailbox should not extend beyond the edge of the shoulder. 3) The mailbox post should be a minimum of 16′ from the center of the road. 4) Mailbox should be clearly visible.
Mailboxes properly installed and maintained are generally not in conflict with snow and ice removal. Mailbox assembly shall not be constructed or installed in a manner that interferes with routine snow removal or in a manner, which clearly presents an unacceptable risk to snow removal operations or the traveling public.
NOTE: All construction work affecting Town right-of-ways require a highway work permit.
In 2012 the following work was completed:
ROADS RECYCLED, OR PAVED AND SHOULDERED: Bone Plain Rd. (from Caswell Rd to Sheldon Rd), 2.0m, Hile School Rd., .2m, Kirk Rd .73m, Lake Rd.(from Bridge to Purvis Rd.) 1.0m, Lower Creek Rd. (from Pinckney Rd to Rt. 13), 1.0m. Total = 4.93 miles
ROADS SURFACE TREATED: Cady Lane, Mott Rd. (from North Rd to Cady Lane)., Hile School Rd. (from Ed Hill Rd to Seasonal), Chaffee Rd., West Lake Rd., Sheldon Rd., Wood Rd., Hungerford Rd., Hunt Hill Rd., Mineah Rd. (Ringwood Rd. end), Cornelius Rd., Hurd Rd., Hollister Rd., Lake Rd. (from bridge to Purvis Rd.) Watros Rd., Purvis Rd.. Total = 20.76 miles
CULVERT PIPES INSTALLED: The Highway crew has installed over 1,142 feet of driveway and crossover culverts ranging from 12 inches to 18 feet diameter in 2012. The replacement of the large crossover culverts near the intersection of Sunset West Road intersecting Pinckney Road and Lower Creek Road intersecting Pinckney Road were completed.
OTHER WORK COMPLETED: cleaning ditches, regrading shoulders, ( shoulder and ditch erosion stabilization with gabion stone ), cut brush & trees, swept roads, mowed roadsides, repaired & replaced over 100 signs & posts, removed or repaired guide rail, patched potholes, equipment repair & maintenance,. Shared services with the following municipalities Village of Freeville, Village of Dryden, Village of Groton. Winter snow removal, and picking up dead deer.
Planned 2013 Work Project Goals Include:
PAVING: Bone Plain Rd. (Sheldon Rd. to Scofield Rd.) 1.98 miles, Upper Creek Rd. .95 mile, Lower Creek Rd. (Etna Lane to Pinckney Rd.) 1.3 miles, Hart Rd. .3 mile, Red Mill Rd. .84 mile Mott Rd. (Cady Lane to Hart Rd.) .2 mile. Total = 5.57 miles
Surface Treatment: Bailey Drive, Kimberly Dr., Kimberly Circle, Lailani Lane, Orion Dr., Bradshaw Rd., Simms Hill Rd., Walker Rd., Beam Hill Rd., Dug Rd., Dutcher Rd., Herman Rd., Hile School Rd., Morris Rd., Old Dryden Rd., Red Mill Rd., Sweetland Rd., West Malloryville Rd., Wood Rd. ( W. Dryden Rd to Bone Plain Rd.) Walden Lane, Hunt Grove Rd., Peaceful Drive, Scenic Way, Scout Lane, Utility Drive, Mt. Pleasant Rd (Rt.366 – Turkey Hill Rd.), . Total = 19.42 miles
Note: all work is subject to change depending on weather conditions, unexpected winter road damage, and material cost increases.
If you have any suggestions, questions or concerns about a Town road, please call my office at: 844-8888 option 5. E-mail address: TownHighway
LETS WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP THE TOWN OF DRYDEN ROADS SAFE!
Jack Bush – Superintendent of Highways/DPW
Ron Senecal - Deputy Highway Superintendent
Dianna Turkow – Secretary to Superintendent
Full time: Jon Sinnigen, Don Lawson, Dave Griffin, Jim Smiley, Steve Card, Sam Sweeney, Colin Rockwell, Chuck Haskins, Ken Carr, Tim Arnold, Josh Bush, Colton Wilson, Keith Kelsey.
Seasonal Workers: Randy Riker, Dave Cotterill.
Former Highway Superintendents: Stacey Beach (retired 1961), Richard C. Case (1961-1975), Gregory Humphrey (1975-1987), Donald Gilbert (1987-1999)
Former Deputy Highway Superintendent: John (Jack) Park ( 1976-1995), Randy Riker (1995 -1998), Jack Bush (1999) W. Mark Sutton (2000-2004), Randy Riker (2004 – 2012).
Former Assistant Deputy Highway Superintendent: Jack Bush (1998)
61 East Main Street
Dryden, NY 13053
(607) 844-8888 option 5
Last Updated on Saturday, 23 March 2013 Created Tuesday, 15 April 2008
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