The mission of the Cayuga County Highway Department is to maintain 516 miles of county roads and 43 county owned bridges in a safe operating condition for the reasonable and prudent driver. Additionally, the department plows and sands approximately 125 miles of state highways; provides equipment support to other municipalities in the county; provides equipment and labor support to other county departments and agencies.
Organization of the Department:
The department consists of 67 personnel organized into office/administration, engineering support section, road crews, vehicle and equipment maintenance section and motor pool section. The fleet consists of 22 dump and plow trucks, 7 dedicated 4x4 plow trucks, 15 pickups and 40 other pieces of construction equipment ranging from compressors and mowers to loaders and a bulldozer all valued at over $7.2M.
Permits: Various permits are required to either work within the County road right of way or have work done by the Highway Department. The permits are:
Driveway- Any new driveway or extension of and existing driveway requires a driveway permit. However, no driveway permit will be approved for a development till the local municipality approves the development. There has also been a change in procedures for fist time installation of of driveway pipes. A driveway permit is still required, the site will still be checked for sight distance and size of pipe needed. However, the County Highway Department will no longer install new driveway pipes or extentions to existing pipes. That will now be a property owner's responsibility. A highway department representative will check the pipe after installation to ensure that it was installed correctly and if not the pipe will have to be rest by the installer.
Filling in Ditch- The Public Works Committee, made up of 7 county legislators, must approve the request to pipe in a road drainage ditch. After approval is granted the permit will be issued to the applicant.
Work within Road Right of Way- Any construction or maintenance work conducted with the county road right of way requires a permit. The permit lists activities that require and do not require deposits prior to start of any work. The deposits will be returned to the applicant after completion of the work and the specified time.
Permits are available here on-line as Adobe PDF files (.pdf File). You can download and install the Adobe PDF Reader here (free): Adobe® Acrobat® ReaderTM
To view and print a copy of any of the permits click on the permit type:
Filling in Ditch
Work within Road Right of Way Work Activities:Annually the department schedules between 70 to 100 miles for surface treatment or chipping. Surface treating is a pavement preventative measure comparable to painting a house or sealing a driveway. The work consists of applying an asphalt emulsion followed by adding stone and then rolling the stone with a rubber-tired roller. For the first few days after the work is done there will be loose stone so it is important that when driving on a newly surface treated road that speed is reduced to limit the amount of flying stone. The highway department also paves or recycles roads in addition to the roads that are chipped. The work is more extensive and can take several days to several weeks to complete. And whereas chipping is a preventative measure paving or recycling provides a longer lasting surface and improves the structure of the pavement.
County maps are available for purchase from the County Highway Department. The cost per map is $2 if mailed or $1.50 if it is picked up. Checks need to be made payable to "Cayuga County Highway Department".
Annually the highway department bids for road maintenance materials, supplies and equipment rentals. After the bids are approved by the County Legislature a packet with all of the approved bids is developed. Any municipal entity in the Cayuga County may purchase any item in the packet at the price listed. By purchasing items off the county bid it releives the municipal agency from bidding out for the same item.
Advertising Bids Find Cayuga County bidding information on the Central New York Purchasing System (CNYP)