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Jeffrey Smith, Highway Director
Tompkins County Public Works
170 Bostwick Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-0300
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Tompkins County Highway Department
Jeffrey Smith, Highway Director
Carl Martel, P.E., Assistant Highway Director 

The Highway Department maintains close to 302 highway miles and 109 bridges in Tompkins County.  The mission of the Highway Department is to provide highway and bridge construction, maintenance, and emergency services safely, effectively, and efficiently for our local and traveling public customers, while promoting self-esteem and growth as individuals.

Road Maintenance staff construct, maintain, and repair roads, maintain intersections and roadside drainage, eliminate roadside hazards, and repair guiderails.  The Tompkins County Highway Department also maintains more than 4,500 signs. 


As Tompkins County Highway crews work to keep roads clear of snow and ice during winter weather events, there are some important things to keep in mind to keep everyone safe:  

  • Please be sure that children are supervised when playing in the snow. Snow forts or tunnels near the roadway are extremely dangerous, as kids are in danger of being covered, trapped and/or crushed by snow as plows come through. 


  • Please do not park your vehicle anywhere that it is blocking the road in any way. Snow plows need to have full access to the roadway to keep them clear and safe. When a vehicle obstructs the driving lane, the plow driver is either forced to cross the centerline, or to come to a complete stop in the case of oncoming traffic, creating a dangerous situation. 





Bridge - Carter Creek Road Bridge, Town of Newfield
Dates - Monday, June 15, 2015 - indefinitely.
Additional Project Information - CLICK HERE  



To report a County Road or bridge emergency 24-hours a day,
call (607) 274-0300.


Summer Schedule Hours:
6:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday (Field Staff)
6:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday (Office)
6:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Friday (Office)

Winter Schedule Hours:
7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday (Field Staff)
7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday (Office)

(Closed Weekends and Holidays)



Tompkins County Highway Department
Photo taken December 10, 2015