Apr 232014

The New Truck is taller than the older models

Many residents have been asking when will the roads in Orange be fixed? It was a tough winter and the Highway Department personnel knows better than anyone that the roads are a mess. Fixing them is a top priority, but like every other big project, things have to be planned out, including determining the priority locations with the most damage.

In answer to your questions: here is the 2014 roadwork schedule, including definitions of the different types of work so everyone in town will be fully informed.



Milling is the removal of the top 2 inches of existing pavement, leaving behind a rough surface. Paving of the surface will follow milling. Please be advised, after road surface is milled road surface will be uneven. Please reduce speed and exercise caution traveling on unfinished roads.

The following streets are to be milled and paved:


ROAD                                                FROM                                                TO____________

Indian River Road                   Milford Town Line                   Marsh Hill Road

Prindle Hill Road                    West Haven Town Line          Indian River Road

Robinson Blvd.                         Connair Road                           Cul-de-sac

Old Tavern Road                      Route 1                                        Lambert Road

Dogburn Road                          Route 34                                     Woodbridge Town Line

Derby-Milford Road                Turkey Hill Road                    Grassy Hill Road

Wheeler’s Farm Road             Derby-Milford Road              Milford Town Line



Chip Seal is a process where liquid asphalt is sprayed on the road surface, small stone is applied, the surface is then rolled and swept.

The following roads are for Chip Seal:

Birchwood Drive, Dentree Drive, Center Road Circle, Green Hill Road, Oakwood Road, Pinecrest Road, Racebrook Terrace, Whitney Lane, Williamsburg Drive and Walnut Hill Road.

While this road construction is underway we ask all drivers to reduce speed and obey flagmen. Please call the Highway Department (203) 891-4775, Monday through Friday, 7 AM– 3 PM with any questions.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to improve our roads.

We approximate the work will begin May 27 and run through the month of June.


Apr 212014

The Orange Highway Department's new truck.

The Orange Highway Department’s new truck.

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.


Apr 102014

thDuring the April 9 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting the subject of damaged roads was discussed.

“There are a significant number of roads that will be repaired this year,” according to Selectman Mitch Goldblatt. “The town roads have been surveyed and they will be dealt with on a basis of the worst condition first. $5 million of the bond money goes toward fixing roads and that money will be used in the next 2 years, but the roads can’t all be done at one time.”

Orange Highway Dept. Crew Chief Donald Foyer is on top of this, and well aware of where each of the troublesome pot holes exist around town.

Foyer said he is meeting with the contractor next week and a list is currently being assembled. Work is expected to begin in May or June.

Orange Live will have updates on this subject as more information becomes available.

Feb 052014

Orange Snow Plows stood at the ready Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of storm Derby.

Orange Snow Plows stood at the ready Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of storm Derby.

Snowstorm Derby has been a pain in the neck for just about everyone. the heavy snow followed by freezing rain prompted Governor Malloy to ask everyone to stay off the roads and ordered many state employees to take the day off.

But for one group of dedicated Orange town employees there is no such thing as a snow day.

The Orange Highway Department is responsible for plowing the roads and making the streets safe for drivers.

According to Department Foreman Donny Foyer, all personnel went into plow mode at 3 a.m., contractors (independent plow drivers) were brought in at 5 a.m.

“We plowed all day until 5 p.m.,” Foyer said. “We hit all the roads, curb to curb, so they are all in good shape.”

The men will have time to shower, have dinner with their families and relax before reporting to work again at 5 a.m. Thursday morning to make sure the roads are clear for the school busses.

If you drive to neighboring cities and towns you must notice that their roadways are not as well maintained as Oranges’. Residents must understand that it takes the crews 6 to 8 hours to completely clear every road in town. So, if your road isn’t done quickly enough — be patient, you know they will roll around as soon as they can.

Foyer said, “Everything is plowed. The boys are doing an excellent job. Going out and doing this for one storm after another really wears you down. They’ve all had enough.”

The “boys” work awfully hard and don’t get much “love.” So if you see the guys out on the road tomorrow or on Sunday during the next snowfall, smile and wave and say “thank you” even if they cover up your newly shoveled driveway entrance.


Nov 272012

Ken Ciola of the Orange Highway Department

Highway Foreman Don Foyer announced this accomplishment today:

Kenneth Ciola of the Orange Highway Department successfully completed UConn’s Road Master Program. At the October 25, 2012 UConn Storrs campus reception, Ken was awarded a Certificate in recognition of his training. He is the third member of this department to receive the Road Master Program degree.

The Road Master Program is a series of seminars covering the fundamentals of modern road maintenance management procedures and techniques – covering topics such as asphalt, paving, and drainage and plowing. As a Road Master, Ken is prepared to handle a multitude of Public Works road situations.

Congratulations Ken on this well-deserved honor.