Highway Department Reviews Road ‘Grindings’ Policy

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee reminds county residents that “road grindings” are sold on a first-come, first-served basis during the highway construction season.

Road grindings are chunks of used blacktop of varying size removed from the road surface during construction, before new blacktop is applied.

The quality of the road grindings can vary considerably.

The highway department charges $100 per truckload to deliver grindings to people on the department’s waiting list.

The delivery location must be within five miles of the work site.

“There is no limit to the number of loads that can be purchased,” said County Legislator James Oldenburg, chairman of the Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee. “However, residents need to know that county equipment will not travel more than five miles from a work site to deliver the materials. Requests for grindings that aren’t needed by the department are filled on a first-come, first served basis.”

A new waiting list is developed every year.

Kurt Ospelt, County Highway Superintendent, explained that the department will leave grindings in a location that is safe for the driver and the equipment.

“Once we deliver them, road grindings become the property of the purchaser,” said Ospelt. “Our crews are not available to provide additional services such as leveling or moving piles of grindings.”

A load contains approximately 20 tons or 15 yards. Residents are billed after the materials are delivered.

The legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee oversees the operations of the Highway Department.

In addition to Legislator Oldenburg, the committee includes vice chairman Kevin Gardner, District 13; Dan Chalifoux, District 19; David Holst, District 4; Linda Lockwood, District 11; John Martino, District 6; and Jacob Mulcahey, District 15.

To be placed on the waiting list, call the county highway dispatch desk at 349-3437.

For more information on the road grindings policy, call the County Highway Office at 349-8331 or visit  http://www.oswegocounty.com/highway/index.html