I am writing this column about two months earlier than normal because I am also excited about this warmer weather and to getting back out on the roads and making improvements.

Spring fever arrived on St. Patrick’s Day this past week and the highway department has caught the fever. I am certain many more also enjoyed the spring-like weather we are finally starting to receive. We are hoping to keep the plows off the roads until next winter. I am writing this column about two months earlier than normal because I am also excited about this warmer weather and to getting back out on the roads and making improvements.

After this harsh winter and freeze/thaw periods, there are many town and village roads that need some repairs. We have already begun to sweep in both the town and village. Weather permitting, we should be completed next week and will keep our fingers crossed for no more sanding runs. We also hope to start lawn repairs from our plows as the ground dries out over the next several weeks.

In April, as the forecast, we will start taking trucks apart and cleaning plows and sanders/salters and putting them away. Brush pickup in the village officially starts on the first full week of May and continues on the first and third weeks of the month until fall. In the springtime there usually is a lot of brush and it takes us a while to get around the entire village. Please be patient or feel free to utilize our drop-off area at the highway department.

Regarding roadwork, there are many projects intended. In the town, we need to make repairs very soon to a couple roads from winter plow damage, Schilling Road and Desmith Road. There are many roads that we intend to perform such work as ditching, cutting shoulders, wedging, brush mowing and tree trimming. Ultimately we hope to have started and/or completed work on Harris, Quaker, Garnsey, Port Gibson, Jagger, and Palmer roads this summer.

In the village, we still have work to complete on Canandaigua Street in the form of a sidewalk project along the west side of the street. However, traffic flow will not be as disruptive as last summer. Minor daily traffic inconveniences and alternating one-way traffic will be in effect. This project was a part of a Safe Routes to Schools Grant that we obtained just prior to being awarded the stimulus funding for the overall street project. We hope to begin work this spring on the sidewalk project. 

Later this summer we intend to re-pave West Foster Street from Canandaigua to Stafford streets. We also intend to re-surface Division and Jackson streets and have cracksealing performed on many others in anticipation of future surface-treatments. As with other municipalities, the amount of work we complete this summer may be determined by the price of oil, which affects the price of most of what we do in the highway construction industry. Hopefully it does not continue its current rise.

As always, whenever you see us working, please slow down in construction zones and mind construction signs and flagmen. 

Finally, in an effort to keep everyone and anyone who is interested in the various street projects, we will be providing routine updates on the website. If anyone ever has any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to call me at the highway department or email me through the highway link at www.palmyrany.com. And check out the Public Projects link along the left hand side of the page.