Public Works Department
290 Forest Road
North Branford, CT 06471
Fran Merola, Director of Public Works - Email
Geralyn Krista, Secretary
Monday thru Friday
7:00 to 3:30
6:00 to 2:30 (May thru Labor Day)
After-Hours Emergencies: Call North Branford Police Department (203)
The Town of North Branford Department of Public Works is responsible
for the maintenance and repair of approximately 80 miles of roads and
Town bridges. Additional duties include snow and ice removal, street sweeping,
minor roadway reconstruction, storm drainage installation and maintenance,
tree pruning and removal within Town rights of way, brush control, paving,
chip sealing and crack sealing and maintenance of Town vehicles and equipment.
The Department also maintains Town and Board of Education properties,
including athletic fields consisting of over 130 acres of Town property
and 26 athletic playing fields.
Projects (FY 2006/07) (button)
Partial Road Reconstruction
The Town of North Branford’s Public Works and Engineering Departments
work together to develop a roadway evaluation plan to determine the
condition of each road and identify the most cost effective means of
reconditioning the road.
The partial reconstruction of a roadway includes the grinding of the
existing asphalt surface and subbase materials to form a new subbase
and replacing the surface with a new 2-course layer of hot-mix asphalt
and new curbing. Work may also include the reconstruction of storm drainage
and replacement of existing catch basin tops.
The work is a joint effort between Town staff and contracted forces.
Certain work such as grinding, grading and paving are performed by specialized
contractors, while Town staff performs other associated roadway and
drainage tasks. Roadway reconstruction and repairs are typically made
between the months of May and September.
As part of the Town’s annual road improvement program, the Public
Works and Engineering Departments identify the roads which would benefit
from the installation of a new surface course.
A pavement overlay is necessary when a roadway surface has reached
the end of its useful pavement life, but the roadway is still structurally
in good condition. The overlay process includes the laying and rolling
of new hot-mix asphalt over the existing roadway. The process may or
may not include the installation of curbing which depends on existing
Chip Sealing is a cost effective maintenance technique which is used
to extend the life of structurally sound road pavement. The process
consists of the application of a thin layer of bituminous binder agent
to road surfaces followed immediately by the application of a layer
of stone chippings and the rolling of the surface.
Roadway cracking is a normal process that occurs as asphalt ages. Crack
sealing is a low-cost, effective roadway preventative maintenance technique
which is used to reduce the amount of water infiltrating roadway cracks
and damaging roadway base materials. The process consists of the cleaning
of cracks and filling them with a hot asphalt liquid compound. Crack
sealing is a proven method of slowing the rate of pavement deterioration
in order to extend the life of roadways.
Pot Hole Repairs
Pot Holes occur when water enters the road surface through a crack
or other defect in the pavement which damages the roadway base materials.
The weight of vehicular traffic traveling over the area will fatigue
the pavement and ultimately cause a depression or hole in the road.
For the Public Works Department, Pot Hole patching is a year round
activity. Hot asphalt mix is used to repair Pot Holes in warm weather
and cold patch is used during cold weather conditions.
Roads which have been frequently patched are monitored to determine
if a permanent solution such as a pavement overlay or partial road reconstruction
may be required.
To report a Pot Hole, call (203) 484-6060 weekdays, between 7:00 and
Annual Street Sweeping Program
The Town of North Branford begins its annual Town-wide street sweeping
program each spring. The sweeping is performed by Town staff using specialized
equipment designed to remove dirt and debris from road surfaces. Street
sweeping prevents undesirable materials from entering storm drains or
Once all streets have been swept once, Town staff will return to areas
known for high accumulations of dirt and debris and continue the sweeping
process on a frequent basis.
Traffic And Street Signs
The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance of traffic
signs and street name signs throughout the Town of North Branford. Broken
or missing traffic signs are considered a top safety priority and should
be phoned in during normal business hours at (203) 484-6060 or to the
Police Dispatcher after normal business hours or on weekends at (203)
To notify us regarding broken or missing street name signs, call (203)
during normal business hours.
Tree Maintenance (Within Public R.O.W.)
The Public Works Department maintains all trees located within the
public R.O.W. Maintenance includes the removal of decaying and diseased
the removal of fallen branches which may cause a hazard and the trimming
of tree branches that have overgrown traffic signals, traffic signs
or street name signs.
The Town of North Branford is not responsible for the maintenance of
trees located on private property.
Residents and taxpayers are advised of the importance of proper placement
and anchoring of mailboxes and support posts to prevent damage form
snow removal operations.
- Mailboxes should be securely fastened to a sturdy post which is
sufficiently anchored in the ground to resist the impact of plowed
- Mailboxes should be installed 12” from the face of the curb
or edge of road to the mailbox closed door in order to prevent contact by
the snowplow. The height of the bottom of the mailbox should be between
42” and 48” from the road surface.
- If it is determined that a mailbox is struck by a Town snowplow, the Town will reimburse
the owner for a basic support post and a basic mailbox but needs to
be reported within 24-48 hours of the storm at the public works
department 203 484-6060. Payment will
not include costs other then materials and will not cover the cost
of decorative wood or metal posts or decorative mailboxes.
- Mailboxes or posts will not be repaired or replaced if the posts
shows dry rot or is in unstable condition.
- The Town Manager or his designated representative is authorized
to use reasonable discretion in resolving disputes involving unusual
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