The Department of Public Works, is responsible for a variety of services, including the maintenance of over 1,200 miles of roadway, maintaining 58 Town building and facilities, Traffic Safety including the installation and maintenance of street signs and pavement markings, street lighting, maintenance of Town owned sumps, and removal and maintenance of trees located in the Town right-of-way.
The Town of Islip requires a property owner or the authorized agent of the owner to obtain a Permit for work being done in the Town's Right of Way. This includes repair work, as well as new construction. A copy of the permit should be on site while work is being done.
Please be advised that any violation of this ordinance shall be considered an offense and is subject to a penalty. If you have any questions regarding the Right of Way Work Permit, please contact our office at (631) 224-5610.
The principal responsibilities of the Highway Division are road maintenance and repair, snow, ice and flood control, as well as the operation of public parking lots. Maintenance of town roadways includes the repair of pot holes, crack filling and seal coating of pavement, shoulder maintenance and vegetation control, litter pickup, roadway sweeping and drainage. This division also operates two state of the art Brine making facilities for pre-treating roads prior to snow events.
What is Brine?
Brine is a salt and water solution that when combined with the appropriate ratio (23% salt/ 77% water) is a very effective snow fighting tool. Although salt brine's freezing temperature is not as low as calcium chloride's (salt brine freezes at about -6 degrees Fahrenheit), salt brine has a much lower freezing temperature than salt alone. In addition, when ice and snow are gone, salt brine leaves a dry pavement. Finally, salt brine costs only about 12 cents per gallon, a considerable savings over calcium chloride. Some of the benefits to using brine are the anti-icing technique resulted in clearer pavements, thus improving motorist safety. The environment is less affected, as fewer chemicals were used.
Traffic Safety Division:
This division oversees the maintenance and repair of traffic control signs, parking signs, pavement markings, street name signs, street lights and traffic signals. This division also oversees all traffic studies and makes recommendations as needed to ensure the safety of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. You may report concerns by calling the office.
This division oversees the repair and maintenance of all town owned vehicles including heavy vehicles, in both the central vehicle repair facility in East Islip, and the heavy vehicle repair facility in Bay Shore. In addition, the Fleet Services Division oversees and monitors the GPS units that are installed in all Town owned vehicles and snow contractors vehicles
Facilities Maintenance Division:
This division is responsible for the building maintenance of 58 town owned facilities as well as the town custodial division. Some of the Town facilities this division is responsible for include Town Hall, Town Hall West, Brentwood Recreation Center, Brentwood Senior Center, Brookwood Hall, Central Islip Recreation Center, West Islip Recreation Center and Ronkonkoma Recreation Center.