Town of
Nassau
Departments

Highway

Frederick D. McCagg, Highway Superintendent

Nassau Town Hall
29 Church Street
Nassau, NY 12123
518.766.9417
518.766.4422
Responsibilities:
The Nassau Highway Department provides residents with quality snow and ice removal, road repair, signage, drainage, tree and brush cutting and removal within the Town's right of way. Eight department personnel maintain slightly over 62 miles of town roads.
Programs/Activities:
Road Repair: Our goal is to provide you the best roadway system possible within the confines of our budget allocation. Repairs are usually accomplished during the months of April to November. However, pothole patrols and maintenance continue throughout the year. (If you spot a problem, please let us know: email pothole reports to the Highway Department.) We strive for a five year road improvement, maintenance program. A key element of this program is flexibility. Roads scheduled could lose their priority to a road whose condition has worsened and become priority. The superintendent makes every effort to keep to the schedule, but asks residents to understand should their road become a lesser priority.

Signage: The town maintains regulatory signs such as: yield, stop, speed, directional, and school crossing, etc. Our goal is to maintain them in readable condition. If you notice a town sign that has lost its reflectivity or is difficult to read, missing or damaged, please tell the department. Your help is appreciated.

Tree and Brush Cutting: Our goal is to maintain good visibility for the traveling public. Trees or brush within the Town's right of way that limit visibility will be removed. These trees present a hazard to vehicles especially snow plows and school buses. Outside mirrors on these vehicles extend beyond the outside of the vehicle. Please give us a call if you notice a hazard.

Drainage: Proper drainage is a major factor in maintaining good pavement life and road condition. No other single factor affects pavement performance more. The Highway Department corrects drainage before each of the Town's roads is paved. There have been occasions where culverts have been lost or buried over the course of time. If you're aware of such a culvert, please contact the department before your road gets paved. Together we can make the effort successful.

Snow Removal: Winter season presents the Highway Department with one of its greatest challenges. Conditions from snow to sleet to ice to freezing rain and to rain create difficult driving conditions. The Highway Department takes great pride in meeting those challenges head on. The department goal is to provide safe and expedient snow removal and it asks residents to avoid parking on street during snow events. The Town's road system is broken into 5 snow routes, each assigned to a separate crew. Each of those routes takes about three to four hours to complete. This means that if a crew starts on your road first they will not be able to be back around until 3-4 hours. If it is snowing heavily this becomes a tedious and difficult job for our crews. Please be patient and drive safely. Avoid unnecessary travel during snow events if at all possible.
The following information will help residents to understand the snow removal policy and what is expected from them.
  • Ensure your mailbox is installed properly. Mailboxes installed too low or too close to pavement edge are susceptible to being struck by plow wings. Plowmen will not reinstall mailboxes struck due to improper installation. Please contact your local post office for the correct measurements if you are unsure.
  • Do not throw snow from walkways or driveways onto the road. Most people don't know this, but it's actually against the law. New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1219 (a) states: No person shall throw or deposit upon any highway any glass bottle, glass, nails, tacks, wire, cans, snow or any other substance likely to injure any person, animal, or vehicle upon such highway. Besides, plowmen are very likely to plow it right back into your driveway.
  • Please clear all your vehicle windows before travel. See and be seen. Slow down a little when in the area of snow removal operations. Like you, plowmen have blind spots when they drive. Working together we can make this and every snow removal season a great success.
Hours of Operation:
Summer hours: 7am - 5 pm, Monday - Thursday
and
Winter Hours: 7am - 3 pm, Monday - Friday