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HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT

Snowy road by night

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Contact

E-mail: highway@townofleray.org

Phone: (315) 629-4401

Fax: (315) 629-4393

Winter Hours

October 15 - April 15

Monday to Friday

5:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Summer Hours

April 14 - October 15

Monday to Thursday

6:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Term of Highway Superintendent
Expires On:

December 31, 2025

Daniel Young

Bruce Shawcross - Deputy Highway Superintendent

The Highway Department maintains all Town roads including paving and repair, roadside mowing, snow removal, street sweeping and signage. The Town also contracts to provide snow removal services for Jefferson County. In addition, the Highway Department picks up brush and yard waste on a limited schedule.

In the Town of LeRay, we also have agreements with other municipalities to provide assistance in repairs or improvements for their roads in times of need. The Villages of Black River and Evans Mills are responsible for their own streets, while the Town is responsible for Town roads, Jefferson County for County roads, and the State of New York for State roads.

The Highway Department takes great pride in the Town of LeRay highway system. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please call the office or mobile numbers listed.

SNOW REMOVAL

Snow Removal Truck

MAILBOX POLICY

It is important to be reminded of a few things in regard to snow removal and winter driving.

During and after snow removal events, highway agencies, in the course of plowing, receive emails and/or phone calls regarding damage to mailboxes, either from snowplows directly or from the force of snow being thrown by plows. If such damage is indeed caused by snow removal, it is not done intentionally. It is, however, an unfortunate consequence of snow removal.

As far as the particular agencies replacing damaged mailboxes, it must be pointed out that there is no statutory or legal authority requiring them to do so. In fact, under Section 319, of New York State Highway Law, mailboxes are considered highway obstructions and are only "allowed" in the right-of-way as a convenience to the owner as it is understood they are required for mail delivery.

Additionally, an opinion issued by the Attorney General on February 28, 1966, stated, “When the necessity of keeping the highway open conflicts with an individual’s reception of the mail, the later must stand aside.” Highway crews do their best to avoid mailboxes, but often times visibility, oncoming traffic, and heavy snow work against them.

The best method to protect your mailbox during the winter months is to ensure it is properly attached to the post that is in good condition and meets specifications and to keep the mailbox assembly simple to limit impact surface area for plowed snow.

Snow accumulation is monitored and evaluated throughout the day and night, ensuring the most effective use of resources and the best possible snow removal response. Plowing typically begins in the very early morning hours and continues throughout the day and evening as warranted.
 

To facilitate snow removal efforts, the Town prohibits parking on Town roadways from December 1st to April 1st between the hours of 1:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. unless signs indicate otherwise.

In the case of severe weather, which may prohibit travel in the Town or throughout the County, a travel advisory will be issued.  You can find these advisories on the Department of Transportations (DOT) website.

Yard
Waste

Leaves and brush are picked up several times during the months of April and May, and then during the months of September and October. Leaves must be bagged (brown paper yard waste bags are mandatory) and free of any paper, metal or other household waste.

 

Brush must be a minimum of 3’ long but no more than 12’ long and up to 6” in diameter free of wire, nails or other metal attached. Yard waste should be placed at edge of lawn but NOT in the road as it is hazardous and illegal.

Yard Waste paper bag for leaves.
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