Highway Department

Mud Season 2019

Many of us are happy to see the warmer temperatures but it is at a cost! The higher temperatures are beginning to melt the deep frost layers of our dirt roads causing very muddy conditions. We are asking everyone to stay off the dirt roads unless it is absolutely necessary and to use alternate routes if possible. If we could limit the amount of vehicle traffic on our dirt roads it will reduce rutting and damage to the road. Mud season is never easy and our crew has been addressing these issues by laying down stone to firm up the surface. The frost layer takes a long period of time to melt so we will be paying close attention to our dirt roads just as we do each mud season. Thanks for your understanding, stay safe everyone!

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                                              



Our Staff:

Ron Sweet – Highway Superintendent

Michelle Duguay – Administrative Assistant

Jason Stone – Foreman

Adam Baker

Nicholas Sweet

Jeremy Purinton


Additional Links:

The Mission                About

Projects 2018             Equipment Inventory as of July 2018

Winter Parking

Curb Cut Application       Forms and Downloads

Vegitation Control for Safety- Guide for Street Maintenance


Roadway Maintenance and Care

One of our main projects is to continuously improve the safety and longevity of our roadways.  Much work has been done and we will continue to maintain and clear the areas within approximately 10 feet of our roadways.  This involves clearing brush and trees, cutting back the tree canopies and mowing.  Each job that we do in this project is for specific reasons and they come full circle to the integrity of our roadways.

Brush, bushes and trees are cleared to avoid overgrowth that can cause drainage issues, damage to the roadway via root systems and visual obstructions to drivers and pedestrians.  It in turn allows us to easily access and maintain our culverts and ditches for proper drainage.  Tree canopies are trimmed to avoid visual obstructions and to allow the sunlight through to the roadway.  This gives the roads a better chance to melt in the winter months by increasing the roadways temperature and dry in the rainy season so they are more manageable.  Sunlight on our roadways greatly increases the integrity and longevity of our roadways which in turn translates to major cost savings.   In the long run this approach will save money, man hours and the extended use of our equipment while reducing our use of gravel, fill and hard pack.


As we all know New England has very unpredictable weather. We have spring temperatures in winter, winter weather in spring, summer temperatures in the fall, spring rains in winter and so much more!  The weather determines our response. With that being said the following is a very general break down as to what the Highway Department does throughout the year.

Plowing is broken down into 5 to 6 plow routes depending on the size of the storm. Our school bus routes and any emergency response by Fire, Police and Ambulance take priority. Since every storm is different the timing of what we do and when we do it changes. Generally our winter involves, plowing, salting, sanding, hauling material, clearing ice buildup from culverts, road and pot hole repair, dirt road repair and tree trimming.

Spring is known as mud season but can come at any time. Our dirt roads are a focus this time of year due to the rain this time of year along with the snow and frost melt. Since every season is different each year what we do and when we do it changes. Generally our spring involves, road and pot hole repair, dirt road repair, grading, road paving, culvert and shoulder clean up, mowing, weed whacking and tree trimming.

This time of year our focus continues to be our roadways. Since every season is different each year what we do and when we do it changes. Paving projects continue into the summer months along with, dirt road grading and repair, culvert and shoulder clean up, culvert replacement, road and pot hole repair, mowing, weed whacking and tree trimming.

This time of year is when we begin preparing for winter. Since every season is different each year what we do and when we do it changes. Our preparations involve culvert and waterway clean up, grading and repair of dirt roads, road and pot hole repair, mowing, weed whacking and tree trimming.

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