Highway Department

 

Winter Preperations

September 2017 ~ A letter to our residents on parking.

October – November 2017 ~ Milling and paving have been completed on East Guinea Road, South Ashfield Road and Williamsburg Road.  Shoulder work should be completed by mid November.  Line painting will take place on November 9th into the overnight hours on East Guinea Road, South Ashfield Road, Shelburne Falls Road, Whately Road and Williamsburg Road.

November 2017 ~ We have started our preperations for the winter months!  Over the next several weeks maintenance and change over of our equipment for the snow season will be taking place.  We are also stocking up the salt shed with the materials needed to keep our roadways safe.

Summer/Fall Road Work

May – August 2017 ~ Paving has been completed on several of our roadways but the work is far from done! Several weeks ago crews began working on the shoulders of these roads to allow for better water drainage and protection of the new blacktop. This is a very a time consuming task and we have a large amount of ground to cover. If all goes as planned we will complete this job by September.

Spring 

April – May 2017 ~  Crews will be out over the next several weeks and months repairing potholes and washouts as well as clearing culverts.  If you see any issues with our roadways please let us know by contacting our office directly. (413-369-4235 extension 10) Don’t forget to leave your name and number so we can get back to you on our progress!

Winter 

January 10, 2017 ~ It is predicted we will see rising temperatures over the next few days. This change in temperature follows a pattern of severe cold and snow accumulation. We anticipate this rapid warming trend will result in melting which may lead to puddles and potential drainage issues along roadways, opening of potholes, and creation of new icy patches during evening hours. Please take this into consideration in your travels and stay safe!  We will continue to monitor all roadways and address any issues that occur.

January 23, 2017 ~ Snow showers, sleet and freezing rain are anticipated to begin early this evening and continue through the early morning hours. Please be prepared for some slippery spots during your travels. As always take it slow and drive with caution!

January 27, 2017 ~ The Highway crew is out doing maintenance on our dirt roads. Crews are working mainly on Graves Road and Roaring Brook Road today. Over the next week work will continue on the remaining dirt roads in town that need some attention. The frequent and drastic changes in temperature and conditions make maintaining our dirt roads even more difficult. We appreciate our residents input the last few days and are working hard to make repairs in a timely manner.

February 7, 2017 ~ Highway crews have been out plowing and treating the roads today. It also being reported that we could get anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of snow early Thursday into Friday. Please stay safe and be patient while Highway crews work to clear the roadways.

 

February 25, 2017 ~ Tornado hits Conway

As of today, February 28, 2017, all roads in town are open, excluding Whately Road between Rt. 116 and Maple Street.  With a high wind warning for our area we want to stress to all residents, volunteers and workers out there to be extremely cautious and aware of your surroundings during your clean up efforts.  We still have much to do and will continue to work diligently until the job is done. In the coming days and weeks please remember to use caution while traveling on our roadways as multiple work crews are out clearing debris.

As of today, March 7, 2017, all roads in town are open at this time but please take care when driving. Some of our roadways that sustained heavy tree damage are very rough due to the equipment required to clear the debris. We still have much to do and will continue to work diligently until the job is done. In the coming days and weeks please remember to use caution while traveling on our roadways as multiple work crews are out clearing up debris.

March 13, 2017 ~ Winter is back! The snow storm will begin Tuesday in the morning hours and increase in intensity throughout the day into Wednesday morning. We ask for your patience as crews work hard to clear and treat our roadways. We also ask that everyone stay off the roads unless absolutly necessary during and after the storm until clean-up is completed.

March 16,2017 ~ Looks like we made it through Stella but our work isn’t done! Stella dropped anywhere between 12 to 18 inches of snow and with the high winds drifts are everywhere. Crews will continue work to scrape and treat our roadways as needed.

If you experience a power outage please contact Eversource at 877-659-6326 or https://www.eversource.com/Content/wma/about/contact.

March 25, 2017 ~ It’s hard to believe it has been a month since the tornado devastated our town. Much work has been done since that night and we still have much more to do. The clean-up process will take time and it is likely we will go through several seasons before we can say things are closer to normal.
With that said I wanted to convey my appreciation for the time and effort put in by all to help Conway. Many neighboring cities and towns reached out to us and offered their time, expertise and assistance. To all of you we would like to give our most sincere thanks! We would also like to give recognition to the following; the Department of Conservation and Recreation, MassDOT, Conway Fire Department, Conway Police Department, Ashfield Fire Department, Whately Fire Department, South Deerfield Fire Department, Deerfield Highway Department and Ashfield Highway Department. Your time and efforts are so greatly appreciated!
~ Ron

We would like to thank the residents for their unwavering support!

Questions for the Highway Department?  Please contact Ron Sweet, Superintendent of the Conway Highway Department.

Contact:        Highway Superintendent Ron Sweet

Address:       15 Ashfield Road, Conway. MA 01341

Mailing:         PO Box 240, Conway, MA 01341

Phone:          413-369-4235 ext. 10

Fax:               413-369-4237

After Hours Emergency:   413-625-8200


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Our Staff:

Ron Sweet – Highway Superintendent

Michelle Duguay – Administrative Assistant

Adam Baker

Jason Stone

Nicholas Sweet

Jeremy Purinton