Blizzard Warning and Wind Chill Advisory In Effect

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Jan 042018

The blizzard warning remains in effect until 1 a.m. Friday.

Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday.

Damage to trees and power lines have been reported. Expect total snow accumulations of 12-18 inches. Tonight, very cold wind chills are expected. Expect wind chills to range from 0 to 20 below zero.

Winds gusting as high as 55 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely. The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous.

Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

Snow “Smo” – Orange Highway Dept. Is Ready To Roll

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Jan 032018

While the nation braces for continued frigid weather and the East Coast hunkers down for a potentially nasty blizzard, the Orange Highway Department sees it as just another workday.

Highway Foreman Donny Foyer is taking it all in stride, offering a nonchalant, “Snow, what snow?”

He said the Orange area could see between 6 to 8-inches of the white stuff starting overnight tonight and continuing through Thursday, with the heaviest snowfall during the day. Schools most likely will be canceled throughout the region.

Foyer said, “It’s nothing we haven’t handled before. The boys have all the plows on, and we’re ready to go.”

The Highway Department has had a few practice runs with minimal snow events so far, but this is the first real storm this season, and the town workers have managed with worse in the past.

Foyer added that they will be watching the winds, as they could bring snow drifts which may cause some challenges.

In short, Orange, there’s no need to fear, the Orange Highway Department is here.


Why Did All The Trees Have To Go?

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Nov 152017

A couple of weeks ago, the state experienced heavy rain and high winds that took down trees and left thousands of people in the dark.

The UI Company worked quickly to restore power to affected customers.

If you don’t remember this, it may be because the town of Orange really didn’t lose electrical service.

Orange Highway Foreman Donny Foyer credits the tree work that his men and the UI have done around town during the past few months.

No matter where you go, whether in Orange or Milford or any of the other surrounding towns, you will notice that many well-established trees have been chopped down to the ground. This may be upsetting to some, but it does serve a purpose.

Foyer said the extensive tree-cutting helped prevent weather-related damage to power lines and everyone benefitted from it. “We didn’t lose power, while so many other people in the UI coverage area were in the dark for quite some time.”


Orange Highway Department Snow Plowing Policy

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Nov 092017

There are more than 110 miles of streets in the Town of Orange. Snow removal can cost up to $2,500 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 the 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 the 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 the snow.

Residents who feel they have a legitimate complaint should call the Town of Orange Department of Public Works at (203) 891-4775

Orange Snow Removal Ordinance Now In Effect

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Nov 092017

A message from Highway Department Foreman Don Foyer:

The Orange Highway Department would like to remind residents the “Snow  Removal Ordinance” is in effect now and will remain in effect until April 1, 2018.

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 Nov. 1 and April 1 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.

                                                                    Submitted by Donald P. Foyer, Sr., Crew Chief

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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.