Today the Orange Highway Department welcomed a new dump truck to its fleet.
The $175,000 vehicle replaces a 17-year-old truck that no longer served its purpose and was sold at the town auction last fall.
Highway Department Crew Chief Don Foyer said the old truck had to go for a few reasons, one being that it had some difficulty moving large amounts of snow when we experienced a storm that dumped about 3-feet across the region, “It just wasn’t powerful enough,” he said.
The new truck is custom built for the town of Orange, according to Foyer. “You can’t just go to a showroom and pick one up. You give them the specifications of what you need it for and they build it for you.”
The department has been waiting on the truck for about 6 months. (Generally, they take 6-8 months from the order date to build).
Foyer said the truck has a more powerful 350 HP engine and a big plow. It will be used for snow removal, hauling sand, gravel and fill and the department’s other everyday activities.
Now that it’s been delivered, the truck needs to be detailed (Pinpoint Promotions of Milford won the bid for that job) and the two-way radio must be installed.
This highway department requested this vehicle during the budget process. It was approved and is paid for by the town.