The Department of Public Works maintains all of the village’s thirty-one centerline miles of paved roadway along with the adjacent sidewalks and associated drainage. The Village right-of-way extends from sidewalk to sidewalk; however, repair and maintenance of the sidewalks are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner.
Department of Public Works employees strive to keep village streets clear of snow and ice, often putting in sixteen-hour shifts to keep our streets open and passable during inclement weather. At the first signs of slippery conditions, DPW personnel are dispatched to improve conditions.
During snowstorms residents are encouraged to remove vehicles from the street. The Village has a 2:00am to 6:00am parking ban on all Village streets year round, and it is enforced by the Village Police Department. We also request that you do not shovel or blow snow into the street as this only makes it more difficult for residents and visitors to safely travel.
The Village’s goal is to keep streets in the best condition possible in the most cost-effective manner. We replace or resurface streets using several different methods. The most costly is to completely re-build the street by removing the curbs, milling off the existing paved surface, re-paving, and then replacing the curbs and driveway approaches. We try to do this kind of re-construction on four or five streets each year. They are selected by determining their overall condition, date of last paving, and amount of traffic. We also do surface maintenance using crack filling and/or slurry seal, which extends the life of the existing surface, and prevents premature failure and the development of potholes.
Potholes are a constant problem especially on older pavement. We do our best to patch potholes as quickly as possible. In the colder months, this is a never-ending job especially in early spring. Cold patching a pothole will only last as long as the pothole stays dry. Once water infiltrates the pavement and traffic drives over it, the temporary patch will come apart. The best remedy for potholes is hot mix asphalt, but this only becomes available in mid to late April when the asphalt plants reopen.
The DPW crew sweep all curbed streets once per month throughout the warmer months (April through October). The downtown business area and the major roads are swept at least twice per month.
The Village is responsible for all trees on Village owned property, and within the street right-of-way. If you feel there is a problem with a tree in these areas please contact the DPW so we can inspect the tree and take the appropriate action.
All streets and public areas within the Village of Horseheads are lit for the safety of the public. We have a contract with NYSEG to power and maintain this lighting. If you notice a problem with a street light near your home please contact NYSEG.
Traffic control signs and traffic lights within the Village right-of-way are maintained by the DPW. Signs are replaced as necessary to maintain their readability, and to repair any damage. We also install new signage as necessary. It is our responsibility to maintain the street name signs at every intersection. If you notice a problem with any street signage, please contact us.
Each spring the Village does a brush pickup for residential properties. DPW employees will pick up brush, branches, and bushes at the curbside. The program lasts three weeks and begins in mid April.
In the fall of each year the Village DPW will pickup bagged leaves at curbside. The program begins in late October and runs until the end of November. Leaves must be placed in clear plastic bags, and placed at the curb. Only bagged leaves will be taken.
»Check for Brush and Leaf Pickup dates on the Announcements Board