Always Exciting News: Orange Roadwork Scheduled

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May 162018

The Town of Orange Highway Department announced today that the following roads are to be paved.

Work will begin on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

  • Tyler City Road
  • Porter Lane
  • Chestnut Ridge Road
  • Pinetree Drive (Peck Lane to Spruce Lane)
  • Spruce Lane
  • Oakview Drive (Spruce Lane to Ridge Road)
  • Wepawaug Road

Road work will begin May 29 and continue until complete. Please be patient as they work to improve our town.

Expect minor delays and detours.

Please…slow down and obey flagmen for their safety and yours.

Please direct any questions to the Orange Highway Department.

What’s Going On With the Roads In Orange?

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Jun 252015

20150624_142016The Orange Police Department has been keeping residents abreast of roadwork locations on its Facebook Page.

So far, the work that has been completed, Old Tavern Road, for example, is receiving high praise around town and on social media.

The roads were “pretty bad” this year after such a harsh winter because the roads were in rough shape to begin with, according to Highway Foreman Don Foyer.

On Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26, Mapledale Road — which was one of the most talked about streets in town for its curb to curb pot holes — will finally be paved.

Orange Live met with Foyer on Ferry Road for a look at the work being done on the one mile stretch of road that is New Haven Avenue.

First, and foremost, Foyer pointed out the words “Road Closed” that graced one of the wooden horses on Ferry Road, the same message that clearly marks New Haven Ave. from Racebrook Road to Spring Street.

He said, “What people need to understand when they see these is — This Means You. There’s a reason we put them up. Everyone complains that the roads are a mess, then they complain when we’re working on them and they’re closed for a few days.”

Moments later, a car that went around the barriers on Racebrook at New Haven Ave. passed by on the graded surface. “See,” he said. “People just have to be patient.”

Each road in the 7 mile area earmarked for repaving this year undergoes the same process.

The Garrity Company brings in a vehicle that works like a giant tiller that “reclaims” the streets grinding them down to the dirt base and with the Orange Highway Department crew’s help, grades the surface.

When the surface is flat and stable the Tilcon company paves the roads and the town guys work as flagmen, keeping unauthorized vehicles out.

New Haven Avenue will be prepped and paved early next week.

Once that stretch of road is completed, work on Dogwood Road will begin.

Foyer said Dogwood is the longest road on the repair list and it will be a challenge for drivers.

“We’ll close it in sections and have the announcements out there so people will know that they’ll have to find alternate routes when we’re working on it,” he said. “Dogwood should be done by mid July.”

Completing the  7 miles that were on this year’s “fix list” will exhaust the 2014-15 bond, then the town will have to get another $5 million bond to address other roads that are in need of repair.

In the meantime, Orange Live will repost the roadwork schedules and remember, Road Closed means, “the road is closed.”

Orange Highway Department Has A Brand New Payloader

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May 042015

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Crew Chief Donald Foyer and Steve Funk of F&W. (Submitted photo)

The Town of Orange Highway Department received a new 2015 payloader.

The Doosan 220 was delivered Monday, March 16, 2015.

It replaces a 25 year old machine and will be used throughout the year: to clean up brush after storms; load sand into trucks during snow storms; and a myriad of other duties nearly every day, according to Crew Chief Donny Foyer.

The loader was purchased from F&W of Orange at a cost of about $130,000.

Orange Salt Supply Will Last Another Couple Of Storms

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Feb 142014

Snow-PlowAfter a marathon 17.5 hour shift on Thursday, Orange Highway Foreman Donny Foyer and his men were settling in for some shut-eye at the Town Garage before venturing out for round two.

Foyer said his crews came in at 2 a.m., just as the storm began and worked on the roads all day long until 7:30 p.m., at which time, he said, “Orange roads are pretty safe. The guys are going to find a place to sleep here for a little while, and  I’ll be watching the weather. We may go out at 3 a.m. to hit the roads again.”

There may be a few more mailbox casualties around town after this storm.

“The snow is so heavy and it’s piled up just about as high as the mailboxes in so many places, there’s really no place for it to go,” he said.

As far as the town’s salt supply, Foyer said, “We do have enough salt. Orange is in good shape. We’ll be all right for this one and a couple more.”

The strategy to conserve the salt supply is cutting down the usage on side roads and making sure all of the main thoroughfares are salted more heavily.

Foyer said his men will get some badly needed rest today and prepare for the two systems that may hit on Saturday and Tuesday.