Current List Of Orange Road Work

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Jul 132017

Here is the latest roadwork list for the town of Orange.

One-inch Overlay With Tack (Tilcon):


Garden Road: Route 34

  • Northwood


Midland Drive

Lower Hyland

Upper Sylvan Valley

Upper Hemlock Hill

Twin Acre

Lindy Street


(Total dig do over)

Peck Lane: Pine Tree to Peck & Post’s rear driveway

Treat Lane: Old Tavern to Ridge

Herbert Street

Turkey Hill School

Mill and Pave: 

(scratch the surface – September)

Meetinghouse Hill

North Orange Center

Police Department

Highway Garage/Firehouse

Highway Department Crew Chief Announces Road Work Plans

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Apr 272017

Thanks to the 308 residents who voted YES to approve the bond referendum on April 18, the Orange Highway Department will be able to begin working on repairing some of the worst roads in town.

Four streets have been chosen for the spring project and the work will begin on May 31.

The areas are Treat Lane between Old Tavern and Ridge Road, Herbert Street, Meetinghouse “Hill” Ext., Peck Lane and Turkey Hill School.

The order has not yet been determined, but, according to OHD crew chief Don Foyer, The Southern CT Gas Company is extending its gas line on Peck Lane this spring, so the Highway Department will wait for them before making the necessary repairs there.

In the fall the pothole ridden Police and Highway Department driveways will be fixed.

Later this year the OHD will begin placing a 1-inch overlay on some side streets in preparation for the June 2018 Chip Seal work. That list of roads is not yet available.

How Long Before Woodside Drive Road Work Is Complete?

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Sep 162016

woodside drive

If you frequent the Racebrook Road, Derby Avenue area you may have noticed an ambitious road project on Woodside Drive.

So, you may wonder, what’s going on? How long will it last?

Orange Highway Foreman Don Foyer said the 40-year-old metal drainage pipes on the road have deteriorated and had to be replaced.

TM Wright of Orange was contracted to dig up the old pipe and replace it with new ones.

According to Foyer, the job should be completed by October 1.

Thank You Highway Department

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Jun 302016

Everyone appreciated the newly paved roads during last weekend's 5K road race.

Everyone appreciated the newly paved roads during last weekend’s 5K road race.

The Orange Highway Department has been working tirelessly in the heat and humidity during the past couple of months paving the worst worn roadways with new asphalt.

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it and by the end of today, according to Highway Foreman Donny Foyer, it will be complete.

The inconvenience bumpy graded surfaces and road closures has been replaced with smooth even streets where many of us do a lot of our driving.

Thank you Highway boys for all your hard work.

Town Of Orange Roadwork Schedule

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Apr 292016

caution-road-work-ahead-temporary-signThe Town of Orange Highway Department announces the following roads are to be paved with work to commence Tuesday, May 31.

 Russell Avenue

 Greenway Road

 Ridge Road

 Treat Lane (Old Tavern to Ridge)

Road work will begin May 31 and continue until complete. Please be patient as we work to improve our town. Expect minor delays and detours.

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

Direct any questions to the Orange Highway Department.

The Highway Department Workers Never Seem To Rest

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Apr 222016

drainage18The Orange Highway Department took delivery of a shipment of storm drain grates this week.

Work already had begun fixing a drainage issue on Russell Avenue, and in the coming weeks the new concrete and metal grates will be installed wherever needed in town.

Orange Live will publish a list of affected roads when it is released.

Orange Public Works Snow Plowing Policy

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Nov 302015

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

Orange Snow Plows stood at the ready last year in anticipation of storm Derby.

There are more than 110 miles of streets in the Town of Orange. Snow removal can cost up to $2,500.00 per hour. Therefore, it is important for the Department of Public Works to use its resources wisely with cooperation from the residents to minimize the cost.

Plow Routes:   The streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Main (collector) roads are addressed first with special attention to steep hills, and difficult intersections. Side streets are done next, then dead-end streets.  Side streets will remain unplowed if the main roads require repeat plowing due to heavy volume of snowfall. This may not seem fair to the residents of side streets or dead-ends.  However, the main roads must remain open.

Blocked Driveways:   All snow plows angle the same way; to the driver’s right. While plowing, the plow will push the snow in front of a residential driveway.  The homeowner is responsible for access to his/her driveway. The only way to avoid additional snow removal is to wait until DPW work crews have completed their final clean up of your road.

Mailbox Damage:   The town repairs or replaces only those mailboxes and/or posts that are actually struck by the plow blade.  Usually, a paint mark or tire tracks provide evidence of a mailbox strike.  The Town does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that fall from the force of plowed snow. Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal; including the force of snow pushed from the street onto the roadside.  It is recommended that homeowners do not purchase and utilize plastic mailboxes and/or posts as they are subject to damage.  DPW recommends the use of a 4″ x 4″ wooden post or 2″ metal pipe with a metal mailbox.

Private Plowing:   The Town of Orange prohibits private plow contractors from pushing snow from private driveways or parking lots onto Town streets.  This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts.  If there is no other alternative to pushing the snow into the street, the plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe.  This may not necessarily mean bare pavement, but certainly it should be no worse than when the driver began work.

No Parking:   The Town of Orange Snow Removal Ordinance takes effect on November 1 of each year, and continues to April 1 of the following year.  During this time, there shall be no parking on public roads during snowstorms.  Should your vehicle be parked on the street causing an obstruction to snow removal vehicles, your vehicle may be ticketed or removed by the Town of Orange Police Department.  The cost of removal and any other subsequent fees shall be borne upon the owner of the vehicle.

Snow Stakes:   The Town of Orange Highway Department reminds Orange residents to install “snow stakes” now before the ground freezes.  It is difficult to distinguish between the pavement edge and the edge of a lawn in heavy snowfall.  Installing stakes along property edges as close to pavement as possible without interfering with traffic will help homeowners avoid unsightly lawn damage this winter, especially for properties with underground sprinklers or invisible fencing.  Snow stakes should be 30-36″ high and can be purchased at a local hardware store.  If using wooden stakes, paint the top 3″ of the stakes red to increase visibility against snow.

Residents who feel they have a legitimate complaint should call the Town of Orange 

Department of Public Works at (203) 891-4775

Orange Highway Employee Is 2015 Roadeo Star

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Oct 232015

Kenny Ciola — #1 in CT

Kenny Ciola — #1 in CT

Kenny “Top Gun” Ciola enjoys driving trucks, so it’s only fitting that he be the one to bring home the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA) first place trophy in the annual Snow Plow Roadeo sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Street and Highway Officials (CASHO) that took place in Wallingford on Oct. 15.

Drivers from cities and towns from across the state were rated according to their driving proficiency, skills and safe driving abilities. This is Orange’s first win since 1997.

What’s involved?

IMG_6326According to Ciola, he had to drive through a very tight course lined with white and orange traffic cones, including some placed under mailboxes. “The objective is to take out the smaller white cones and leave the big orange cones. We’re timed and judged on bringing the truck in all different directions and you have to swoop into an alley dock that’s really tight and you can’t knock anything over in there,” he said. “You’re not supposed to hit any mailboxes, I admit I got a couple, but I got more white cones than mailboxes.”

Ciola and Donny Foyer Jr. both competed in the single axle class 4 competition and Ciola wasn’t the only winner, the Town’s 2013 Mack “Truck #73” that he drove in the competition, earned a plaque for “Best In Show.”

“I enjoy what I do,” said Ciola, who’s been with the department for 9 years.

The handsome trophy (with snowflakes on the columns) is on display in the Highway Department break room.

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.”

Town Snow Removal Ordinance Now In Effect

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Nov 012014

parking_facility_24The Orange Highway Department would like to remind residents the no parking “Snow Removal Ordinance” is now in effect and will remain in effect until April 1, 2015.

The “Unlawful to Park” is listed under Section 2 of the “Snow Removal Ordinance” and reads as follows:

“It shall be unlawful at any time during the period between November 1st and April 1st for anyone to park, or allow to be parked, any vehicle in any street or highway of the Town of Orange in such a way as to hamper and interfere with the work of removing or plowing of snow or the removing or sending of ice from or on such street or highway.”

The ordinance also authorizes the police to tag and remove, at the owner’s expense, any vehicle parked, or allowed to be parked in the street.

The Orange Highway Department is seeking the cooperation of all motor vehicle owners in keeping their vehicles parked off of the roadway during winter storms and when storms are forecasted to begin during the night.  Residents who have a particular problem with off-street parking should seek the advice of the Police Department and not disregard the provisions of the Snow Removal Ordinance.