Highways, Equipment & Drains
Current Events & Information:
Town of Lexington Winter Storm Information (posted 12/9/10)
Highways, Equipment & Drains
Marc F. Valenti, Highway Superintendent
Samuel Hadley Public Services Building
201 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA 02420
Operation Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Emergency Only: 781-862-1618 (Please use when office is closed)
Description of Services:
The Highway Division provides for the safety and maintenance of all public streets and sidewalks.
The Highway staff maintains 284 lane miles of road, over 250 streets and traffic signals, 400,000 feet of street lines, 10,300 traffic and street signs, and 25,000 feet of crosswalks. The Highway Division completes the following tasks:
- Patch roadways
- Repair potholes
- Roadway sweeping
- Plow and sand the roadways during ice or snow stroms
- Sand and plow streets
- Maintain 60 miles of sidewalk
- Install new sidewalks and handicap ramps
- Repair parking meter posts and traffic signs
- Fabrication and installation of street signs
- Oversee contracts for the maintenance of electronic traffic signals
- Painting of street lines and crosswalks
- Maintenance of drain system and brooks including 4,500 catch basins
- Repairs to mail boxes that become damaged during snow operations
Spring Repairs - The Highway Department will start repairing potholes on the main streets and then work into sub-main streets and then residential streets. For dangerous potholes please notify DPW immediately at (781) 274-8300. After-hours, please leave a detailed message stating exactly where the pothole is located, and someone from the Department of Public Works will check the site during working hours as soon as possible. Once the roads are repaired the crew will then start working on lawn damage and asphalt berm repairs (that occurred) during the winter season.
Mailboxes - It is the Town Highway Department's policy to replace mailboxes that have been damaged by the Town during snowplowing operations with a standard rural mailbox and wood post. Replacement of mailboxes is done as a courtesy; and due to budgeting restrictions, only the standard replacement can be provided.
Catch Basins - Please remember when walking your pet all waste should be picked up and disposed of properly. Anything that is placed in a catch basin including dog waste or other hazardous materials will drain directly to the wetland areas and streams. This will directly affect the wildlife, vegetation and potentially drinking water.
It is the responsibility of the resident to maintain the catch basin in front of their property to allow water from storm events to drain. There are 4,500 catch basins in town. If you notice damage to a catch basin, please notify DPW immediately.
Street Sweeping- Street-sweeping starts in the spring after the threat of freezing has ended. The Town Sweepers will start with the main streets then work into sub-main streets and then the residential streets.
Snow Removal and Winter Storm Information -
- Snow and Ice Control Policy: The Department of Public Works' goal is to remove snow and ice from roadways as rapidly and efficiently as possible while keeping the roads open and essential traffic moving safely. DPW is also responsible for plowing school parking lots, school driveways, sidewalk routes designated by the School Department, and Town parking lots. The Department of Public Facilities is responsible for the sidewalks and walkways immediately around schools and public buildings.
- Plowing Operations: Every storm develops differently depending on temperature, wind, moisture content, snow accumulation per hour, and duration.
- If little or no snow accumulation is predicted, salt and sanding operations will begin and end as conditions warrant. When snow accumulation is predicted, sanders are dispatched to pre-treat main roads prior to the storm event.
- During a lighter snowfall, every main street, sub-main and residential street will be cleared of snow throughout the storm, roughly once every few hours. During a heavier snowfall, priority will be given to clearing main streets first, sub-mains second and residential streets last.
- Sidewalk plows begin clearing the six sidewalk routes designated by the School Department at the end of the storm event. Every effort is made to have all six routes cleared within 48 hours after the storm ends.
- Commencing December 1 through April 1, regardless of weather conditions, Police strictly enforce the Town bylaw which forbids parking on the street for longer than one hour between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
- On occasion it may be necessary to remove snow piles from business districts and municipal parking lots. Temporary "Snow Removal – No Parking" signs will be posted during these operations.
- DPW clears Lexington Center sidewalks during each storm event. Thereafter, businesses are responsible for clearing of ice or snow.
- Residents and businesses should not shovel, blow or throw snow onto the streets or pile it blocking the sidewalks, as this creates a hazard. Please remind your contractors as well.
- Report any plow damage on your property to DPW by May 1.
- Hints for Coping with Storms:
- If you have special needs please contact the Human Services Department at 781-861-0194 for information and referral assistance regarding doorway and driveway clearing.
- You may want to shovel the driveway after the storm has passed and the street has been cleared. If you shovel during the storm, pile snow to the right of the driveway (facing the street) so the plow won't redeposit it at the driveway opening.
- When clearing driveways, keep snow on your property and don't put it on the sidewalk or in the street.
- If a storm is predicted, consider keeping recyclables for collection the following week, since bundles of newspapers and recycling bins can become buried in the snow.
- Clear catch basins near your home allowing rain or melting snow to enter the drainage system rather than flooding the street.
- Consider shoveling around any fire hydrant in your neighborhood to clear it of snow.