Departments Highway

Highway

The Town of Galway Highway Department is responsible for maintaining 57.77 center-line miles (113.94 lane miles) of town roads. These responsibilities include maintenance of town roads through paving, street sweeping, snow removal and ice control as well as roadside tree/brush cutting and removal along with mowing and dealing with drainage and ditching issues within the Town’s right-of-way. The department also oversees the maintenance of the Town Hall Complex and the Dockstader Recreation Fields located on Route 147 across from the bank.

7/28/21
Please Note:
The Highway Department has fielded several calls recently in regards to State Route 147; even though Route 147 runs through the Town of Galway it is NOT a town road that the department maintains. If there are any issues in regards to this State Highway please contact the New York State Department of Transportation at their DPW phone number (518) 584-3790.

Closure Notice

As of June 3, 2020

The Town of Galway Highway Department will continue to be closed to the public until further notice.

Due to the coronavirus emergency, the Highway Department will continue to be closed to the public. There will be limited access to the Highway Department, any face to face contact will be by appointment only and you are requested to wear a mask. Requests for service will need to be made by phone or e-mail. Please do NOT show up in person, this is for your safety as well as our employees.

NO WALK-INS OR SALESPERSON’S AT THIS TIME.

If you need assistance the department can be contacted by phone or e-mail at the contact information listed below. If we are unavailable at the time of your call please leave a message on the answering machine and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Contact Information
Highway Superintendent: David D. Costanzo
Phone: (518) 882-6651
Cell: (518) 265-0426
E-mail: [email protected]

Notices:

7/28/21
Please Note:
The Highway Department has fielded several calls recently in regards to State Route 147; even though Route 147 runs through the Town of Galway it is NOT a town road that the department maintains. If there are any issues in regards to this State Highway please contact the New York State Department of Transportation at their DPW phone number (518) 584-3790.

Our crew is out roadside mowing as time and weather permits. During the summer months, there are road projects being performed as well and being a small town with limited resources and workers; the availability to mow is based upon projects going on at any one-time and what employees are available given summer vacations, etc. Please slow down when coming upon our employees and mowers for their safety as well as yours.

Updates:

October 7, 2021

The highway department paved both Bills Road and Mack Road on October 1st.

July 16, 2021
The highway department will be chip-sealing Alexander Road on Friday, July 16, 2021. Sealing will begin approximately at 6:30 am; please use caution when traveling over Alexander in order to maintain the safety of the workers and equipment. If you do not reside on this road, we ask all other traffic to use an alternate route.

June 22, 2021
The highway department will be paving Spring Road on Tuesday, June 22nd and Point Road on Wednesday, June 23rd. Paving will begin approximately at 6:30 am and the roads will be closed to traffic in order maintain the safety of the workers and equipment on the jobsite as well as allowing us to get more accomplished during the day. Accommodations will be made for emergency vehicles, school buses, postal/shipping carriers and residents; we ask all other traffic to use an alternate route. These paving dates are subject to change based upon weather conditions.

May 25, 2021
Annual Shut Down Notice: The highway department will be closed starting on Monday, Memorial Day, May 31st through Friday, June 4th. The department will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, June 8th at 6:00 AM.

Spring 2021
As we thaw out from the Winter and with the warmer weather of Spring upon us the department has posted the town roads for the 4-ton weight limit. This will be in effect until the department deems it safe for larger vehicles to utilize the roads without damaging them. We ask that the public abide by these signs to help protect the investment in our road system.

Along with these warming temperatures the crews will be out sweeping the roads clean of the winter sand as well as performing brush cutting where necessary. This is a reminder to be on the lookout for these cleaning vehicles and work crews and to use caution when passing these work areas.

Once the Spring cleanup has been completed, we will begin our road construction season. This year’s plan includes a total reconstruction of Spring Road as well as Point Road. When in these work zone areas please keep safety in mind and reduce your speed and please be aware of the workers and equipment in these zones. We know you need to get to where you are going but safety is paramount and our employees want to go home to their families at the end of a work day. Please keep that in mind when traveling through these work zones and please abide by any signage or flagman in these areas.

As weather permits spring/summer maintenance will begin at the town hall complex, ball fields and the town’s ROW’s.

As always, there are wood chips and during the winter months, salted sand, available to Town residents. As you pull into the Town Complex, these items are located on the right-hand side of the driveway, before the main gate to the highway department.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Highway Department at (518) 882-6651 or on my cell phone at (518) 265-0426. You can also email me at [email protected]

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Construction Season
We have now added a Highway Department Construction Season page to the site. Currently available is the 2018 Construction Season. Please click the following link:

Highway Department Construction Season

Department Maintenance Reports
We have added access to current and previous years of highway department maintenance reports from 2014 to the present. Please click the following link:

Highway Department Maintenance Reports

In order for a resident to install or modify a driveway, a permit application needs to be filled out and approved by the Highway Superintendent. This is pursuant to Article IV, Section 2 G of the Town of Galway Zoning Law to construct or modify a driveway connection with in the Right of Way of a Town highway. This applies only to roads that the Town maintains. If an applicant resides on a State or County highway they will need to contact those authorities prior to any construction. The contact number for the Saratoga County DPW is (518) 885-9020 and for the State DPW is (518) 584-3790.

To download the permit please click the following link: Residential Driveway Interface Permit (PDF – 250.9 KB)

Permit applications can be dropped off at the Highway Department or the Town Hall. They can also be faxed to (518) 882-5325. The department will also accept e-mailed permits but they must be in .pdf file format. Unfortunately we can not accept files in .jpg format due to the distortion that occurs as you magnify the file to get it to letter size; it makes the document unreadable and unprintable.

As a courtesy, we will replace mailboxes that we damage during the winter season, with a “standard” mailbox. This applies to residents on “Town” roads only. However, we are not responsible for keeping the area around your mailboxes plowed out. If you reside on a County or State highway you will need to contact those authorities in regards to your mailbox. The contact number for the Saratoga County DPW is (518) 885-9020 and for the State DPW is (518) 584-3790.

During the spring and summer months the department maintains the recreation fields located on Route 147 across from the bank. We are charged with mowing, weed-whacking and seeing that the fields are maintained in good order for the publics use.

With the warmer weather the youth activities at the ball fields on Route 147 are in full swing. We would like to remind residents and visitors to please respect the rules of the fields by not parking on the grass or pulling vehicles onto these location to load/unload your vehicles. Also we request that you please pick up your garbage and dispose of it properly. The employees work hard to maintain these fields for public use and appreciate the public respecting the Towns’ requests in keeping these areas clean and safe for our children.

PLEASE NOTE: No Dogs Are Allowed on the Dockstader Recreational Fields

(By resolution of the Town Board on June 14, 2016)

Depending on the weather, street sweepers will be out in March and April cleaning the winter sand off the roads and intersections.

We will continue maintaining the ROW’s (Right of Ways). Our focus will be on clearing brush, downed trees and branches town-wide as well as fixing washouts, pot holes, etc.

Roadside mowing continues through the summer and fall months along with maintaining several cemeteries throughout the town.

The department also assists during the annual Road-Side Clean-Up by picking up the roadside debris that has been collected by volunteers. This activity is usually scheduled in spring. Residents that want to participate in cleaning their “assigned road” can pick-up the orange trash bags at the Highway Department. This clean-up applies only to the roads that the Town maintains. Please see the Town’s home page in the spring for details.

For those residents that have garbage picked-up by County Waste or Twin Bridges, please remember that your cans can NOT be placed in the roadway. Your garbage cans should be off the pavement. Placing the cans in the road creates a hazard to the motoring public.

The Town operates four trucks during the winter months each following a planned route that covers 57.77 center-line miles resulting in 113.94 total lane miles that the Town maintains. It takes approximately three hours to complete one round of plowing.

With the winter season comes the need to touch on the subject of mailboxes and garbage cans. We try our best to not hit mailboxes or your garbage cans. For those residents that have their garbage picked-up by County Waste or Twin Bridges, we request garbage cans be placed behind the snow banks, your cans CAN NOT be placed in the roadway. This will help to keep them from getting knocked over by the snow coming off of our plows. Placing them in the roadway creates a hazard and puts the motoring public at risk and results in our hitting the cans.

There are wood chips and during the winter months, salted sand, available to Town residents. These items are located on the right-hand side of the driveway, as you pull into the Town Complex, BEFORE the main gate of the Highway Department.

PLEASE NOTE:

Any materials that are in the gated area of the Highway Department are NOT for public use.

If you notice that a street sign is missing that belongs on a road maintained by the Town please contact the department so that a new replacement sign can be ordered and installed.

As for making a request for signage on town roads the following is the process for those requests:

  • A letter needs to be written and submitted to the Highway Superintendent with the request for the signage (i.e. speed limit reduction, stop, yield, bus stop ahead, etc.) and the location of the request.
  • Once this has been done the Highway Superintendent submits that request to the Town Board.
  • The Town Board then notifies the proper State/County authorities with the request.
  • Please Note that any request for signage involves a lengthy process and does not happen over-night. It can take several months before the Town is notified of the decision for the signage request which is received from the New York State Department of Transportation.
  • Due to liability issues the department does not put up any road signs without prior approval from the New York State Department of Transportation.

To download the permit please click the following link: Residential Driveway Interface Permit 

Highway Department Maintenance Reports
Access to the department maintenance reports from 2014 to present.

Highway Department Construction Season
Pictures from the current road construction season. Currently available is the 2018 construction season.

CONTACT

Contact:
David D. Costanzo, Highway Superintendent

Ronald Spraker, Deputy Highway Superintendent

Michele Orzolek, Highway Department Clerk

Address:
Town of Galway Highway Dept.
5910 Sacandaga Road
Galway, NY 12074

Phone: (518) 882-6651

Fax: (518) 882-5325

Cell: (518) 265-0426 (Highway Superintendent)

E-mail: [email protected]

HOURS

Tuesday – Friday
6:00 am – 4:30 pm