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 2013 the following work was completed:
ROADS RECYCLED, OR PAVED AND SHOULDERED AS NEEDED: Bone Plain Rd. (from Sheldon Rd to Scofield Rd) 1.98m, Red Mill Rd (Hile School Rd to snow plow turnaround) .49m, Lower Creek Rd.(from Etna Lane to Pinckney Rd.) 1.3m, Upper Creek Rd. .95m, Mott Rd (from Cady Lane to Hart Rd) .2m Total 4.92 miles.
ROADS SURFACE TREATED: Bailey Drive .23m, Beam Hill Rd. (Rt.38 end) .82m, Beam Hill Rd. (Irish Settlement End) 1.38m, Bradshaw Rd. 1.81m, Dug Rd. .22m, Dutcher Rd. 1.2m, Hunt Grove Rd. .12m, Kimberly Circle .11m, Kimberly Drive 1.0m, Lailani Lane .05m, Morris Rd. .83m, Mt. Pleasant Rd. (Turkey Hill Rd. to Rt.366) .49m, Old Dryden Rd. .44m, Orion Drive .34m, Peaceful Drive .19m, Red Mill Rd. (W. Malloryville to Hile School Rd.) .35m, Sunny Knoll Rd. .15m, Sweetland Rd. 1.09m, Utility Drive .06m, W. Malloryville Rd. .06m, W. Malloryville Rd. 1.66m, Walden Lane .3m, Walker Rd. .59 m, Wood Rd. (W. Dryden to swamp).25m, Wood Rd. ( Bone Plain Rd. to swamp) .1m. Total 13.84 miles
CULVERT PIPES INSTALLED: The Highway crew has installed over 1,488 feet of driveway and crossover culverts ranging from 12 inches to 7 feet diameter in 2013.
OTHER WORK COMPLETED: shim repair on Walker Rd, Shim repair on each end of Bradshaw Rd., 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 2014 Work Project Goals Include:
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:
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: Brian Hollenbeck, 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 Wednesday, 27 November 2013 Created Tuesday, 15 April 2008
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