Town of Plymouth Mission Statement
The mission of the Highway Division is to maintain and preserve the Town’s public way infrastructure which includes paved streets, gravel roads, sidewalks, street signs, traffic signals and storm drainage systems.
The Highway Division has 26 full time employees and is responsible for over 300 miles of roads spread across 103 square miles. The services provided by the Highway Division include: emergency and maintenance type repairing to streets and sidewalks, responding to pothole defects, maintenance of the stormwater system, snow and ice removal and consistently servicing requests that are generated from other DPW Divisions and the public.
Highway Division Projects
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Gravel Road Grading
The Highway Division has two road graders and maintains approximately 85 miles of gravel roads throughout the Town. Road Grading is generally performed during Spring, Summer, and Fall months. Every effort is made to keep roads in good condition. Roads are graded on a routine and rotational basis. Please be patient when roads have deteriorated. We will return as quickly as we can. Gravel roads deteriorate rapidly due to excessive speeds, combined with inclement whether. Please travel at reduced speeds on these roads in order to help maintain satisfactory road conditions and public safety. Road Grading is generally not performed during Winter months when road conditions are frozen. Some roads are plowed with the Graders during this time which may help relieve poor conditions.
Drainage Repairs/Catch Basin Cleaning
The Highway Division undertakes routine repairs to stormwater drainage systems. In many cases, catch basins are antiquated and hand built from blocks and brick. Rebuilding structures varies from replacing frames and covers, repair of top sections to complete basin replacements. Skilled labor is used to perform these tasks. Drainage swales and other forms of runoff easements may be cleared and regraded as necessary. If you observe street flooding or deteriorated collapsing structures, please report them to the Highway Division immediately.
Additionally, the Division operates one catch basin cleaning truck. Basins and piping systems which become clogged are cleaned with a basin cleaning truck, or jet rodding vactor system. There are thousands of Catch Basins and Drainage systems throughout the Town. Many of the Storm Drainage systems consist of a series of Catch Basins, Drain Manholes, Piping systems, and some form of Leaching system to dispose of the storm water runoff. Sand, leaves, pine needles, and other debris all contibute to clogging these systems. Please make an effort to clear leaves and debris around the basin covers in your localized areas.
Large scale drainage projects are handled by the Engineering Division, and some work is performed by Private Contractors. Problems reported to the Highway Division will be investigated by Supervisory Personnel, or refered to the Engineering Division.
The Division operates three street sweepers from early Spring until the first Snowfall. Street sweeping provides necessary maintenance of the municipal stormwater system and protects our streams, lakes and ponds from excess siltation. In the Spring, sand is collected from main roads first, and then progresses into neighborhoods and subdivisions throughout the Summer. The Downtown and Waterfront Districts are also Maintained on a routine basis. In addition, erosion runoff from storm washouts also requires seasonal maintenance. In the Fall, leaves and pineneedles are collected to keep drains open in preparation for Winter. Sweeping is performed systematically throughout the Town of Plymouth. Pleaase be patient with the operation. We will get to your area as quickly as we can.
Asphalt Repair Patching
The Highway Division provides routine general and emergency repair services to roads and sidewalks throughout the Town. Repairs may consist of small to large potholes, trench repairs and repairs around storm drain systems. Repairs are generally made on a year round basis. The Asphalt repair crew responds to Complaint Work Orders taken at the Highway Office generated from by calls from the general public. Additionally, utility trench road repair patches are made for the Water and Wastewater divisions.
Traffic Signs – Signals
The Traffic and Signage Department within The Highway Division produces all municipal street signs and maintains traffic markings, including crosswalks and downtown parking space markings. Additionally, they provide emergency assistance to Police with street closings and detours, and provides traffic barricades for Holidays and Events.
Roadside Brush Clearing
The Highway Division has several brush and grass mowers used to maintain safe lines of sight along public ways in order to prevent accidents and to ensure public safety. Large scale brush and tree removal problems are handled by the Tree Division. Private property owners are requested to maintain shrubs, bushes and veggitation on there properties to maintain safe lines of sight.
Solid Waste Collection
The Highway Division operates one large packer truck and performs solid waste collection at all municipal buildings (except School Dept. buildings) and throughout the downtown and waterfront areas. Additionally, trash is collected for Holidays and Events.
The Highway Division is not staffed to perform daily litter pickup along all of the Town’s public ways. We appreciate the cooperation of the public and businesses in keeping our Town clean and beautiful.