Commissioner Richard Lenz
The principal responsibilities of the Highway Department are road maintenance and repair, and snow, ice and flood control for the nearly 750 miles of road under Town jurisdiction, as well as the operation of public parking fields. The Highway Department also directs the operation of the Drainage, Public Lighting, Sign Divisions, and Trees and Sidewalk Division, as well as Town sumps.
The Town of Oyster Bay Highway Department is prepared with over 25,000 tons of salt and sand to pretreat roadways before the start of a storm. The Snow-Fighting Fleet includes roughly 300 pieces of equipment that cover more than 750 miles of roadway.
Once it is snowing, plow operators are instructed to “open up” each street- plowing a path down the center of the road for the first responders to reach residents at all times. Plow operators return, making multiple passes, to clear intersections and plow curb-to-curb. To best plow your road, we ask that you move cars off the street and into your driveway, a neighbor’s driveway (with permission) or onto the sidewalk temporarily.
The Highway Department oversees the maintenance of the nearly 750 miles of road under Town jurisdiction. To report a pothole please call (516) 677-5757.
Street Sweeping Program
From the beginning of April through the end of October, the Highway Department conducts a Street Sweeping program. A schedule and map are sent to every homeowner indicating the three scheduled sweeping cycles in their neighborhood. To obtain information call (516) 677-5757.
Permits For Sidewalk, Curb or Apron Work
Any work done on public sidewalks, curbs or aprons requires a work permit from the Highway Department. Call (516) 677-5762.
Original permit For Work On Town Right-Of-Way must be acquired by calling the Town’s Highway Department at (516) 677-5884.
In addition, the Highway Department processes requests for block parties. You may print a copy of the Block Party Application below. For more information call (516) 677-5757.
Sign Division (516) 677-5838
The Sign Division installs and maintains all traffic control signs, parking signs and street name signs in the Town. Residents should report any missing or damaged signs or other problems to this bureau. Requests for traffic control or parking signs should be directed to the Town Board.
Drainage Division (516) 677-5793
The Drainage Division is responsible for catch basins and Town sumps. Residents should alert this bureau if a catch basin on a Town road is overflowing or in need of cleaning or if there is any problem with a Town sump. To report a problem with a catch basin on a Nassau County Road or with a Nassau County sump, call (516) 571-6900. To report a problem with a catch basin on a State Road or with a State sump, call (516) 952-6702. When reporting a problem with a sump, it is helpful to have the number of the sump. It appears on a sign located on the entrance gate to the sump.
Public Lighting Bureau (516) 677-5915
The Public Lighting Bureau is responsible for the installation and maintenance of all street lighting within the Town, excluding incorporated villages. In order for the bureau to respond as quickly as possible to your inquiry, it is helpful to report the address closest to the light, nearest cross street and pole number. It is also important to speak clearly and slowly, spell the street name and leave your name and contact phone number.
Public Parking Division (516) 677-5838
The Public Parking Division operates all of the municipal parking fields in the Town of Oyster Bay. The parking fields are for use only by Town residents, who must obtain a sticker from the Town Clerk’s Office.
Tree Bureau (516) 677-5888
The Tree Bureau within the Highway Department assists residents when they have an issue with a curbside Town tree. If the tree appears to be declining (diseased) or raising the homeowner’s sidewalk slabs the homeowner will be asked to complete a “Tree Removal Application” so that we can send an inspector to assess the tree(s) as well as the integrity of the sidewalk.
CLICK HERE Tree Removal Application for a Town tree located between the sidewalk and curb or a tree located within 10′ from the curb.
The Tree Bureau can also assist residents if they have a “private” tree they would like removed. A Private tree is one that is located on the front lawn, backyard or side yard. Please call (516) 677- 5888.
* NEW YORK STATE maintained roads include:
|Long Island Expressway (495)||Jericho Turnpike (25)||Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway (135)|
|Hempstead Turnpike (24)||Hicksville Road (107)||Sunrise Highway (27)|
|Oyster Bay Road (106)||Northern State Parkway||Southern State Parkway|
NYS Department of Transportation: (631) 952-6702
* Nassau County roads include:
|Old Country Road||Bayville Avenue & Road||Berry Hill Road|
|Buckram Road (Locust Valley)||Central Avenue (Bethpage)||Jerusalem Avenue|
|Motor Avenue (Farmingdale)||Manetto Hill Road||W. Main Street (Oyster Bay)|
|Merrick Road||Newbridge Road||Plainview Road|
|Round Swamp Road||South Oyster Bay Road||Stewart Avenue|
|Syosset/Woodbury Road||Underhill Boulevard||Woodbury Road|
Nassau County Department of Public Works- Road Maintenance: (516) 571-6900