Any work proposed to be done within the City’s rights of way, including curb cuts for driveway installation, must be approved by the Director of Public Works. For right-of-way permits, please call (315) 393-2300.
City streets must be kept clear and open for emergency vehicles and to promote pedestrian and traffic safety. The collection of brush, grass clippings, and leaves from City rights of way is regularly scheduled on Fridays by request. To request collection of yard waste, call (315) 393-2300.
In the winter, major thoroughfares receive priority, while secondary streets are plowed as soon as possible. The City operates a fleet of 20 plow trucks and four salt spreading trucks. Sidewalk snow removal is the responsibility of each property owner. If the owner doesn’t live at the property, the tenant is responsible for keeping the sidewalk clear of snow and ice. Common public sidewalks on bridges and public facilities are maintained by the Department of Public Works (DPW).
The Department of Public Works maintains and repairs 104 lane miles of streets and five miles of lanes. Potholes on City streets should be reported to DPW by calling (315) 393-2300.
Repair and upkeep of sidewalks is the responsibility of each property owner. The City has a sidewalk replacement program where the property owner can hire a contractor to replace their sidewalk to City specifications
. The owner pays the contractor and provides the Department of Public Works with a copy of the invoice. The Department of Public Works will then inspect the sidewalk and reimburse the homeowner 50% of the City's rate per square foot. All corner radiuses are 100% paid by the City. For more information on the sidewalk replacement program, please call (315) 393-2300.