Quick Answers: Legal / Liability

When damage is caused to a highway by a private contractor due to their equipment not utilizing proper pavement protections, who is liable and responsible for damages?

Do I have to follow MUTCD?

Can a village board lower the weight limit allowed on a street?

Should I use my personal email account for highway business?

What are the NYS requirements for a municipality to remove an existing sign?

Does the board need to pass a resolution to authorize the highway department to spend the additional money of PAVE NY program?

How do I change the allowable weight limit on a bridge?

What is the difference between no parking, no standing, and no stopping?

Where can I find a Temporary Easement form?

What can the Town Highway Superintendent do when the Town Board eliminates an employee position from the highway crew?

Does a municipality have to go to bid to purchase a used vehicle?

Is there a specific regulation that sets a timer for the replacement of downed signs?

2015

How do I sign/stripe a parking space for persons with disabilities on the street?

Can municipalities be compelled to replace their signs to meet the new retroreflectivity standards?

What does the board have to do to use the “Best Value” method for purchasing?

Can we use existing rustic box beam in stock to replace rusting rustic box beam?

What is the easiest way to retire a right of way when both the Town and the adjacent landowners wish to abandon it?

What does the Board need to do in order to have the Highway Department install a mid-block crosswalk?

Is it true that we have to start using a new handicap sign?

When do I have to call 811?

Is there a law about home owners putting markers along the roads to keep snow plows off the shoulders?

Can a private landowner plow a seasonal road to access his property?

Do unreported accidents count toward the accident history warrant, or do only reported accidents count?

Where is a good source for financial information for Town Highway Superintendents?

Who set speed limits on local highways?

2014

What are the snow disposal responsibilities for property owners?

How do I determine who owns a piece of property?

Who is responsible for clearing brush at an intersection owned by two different municipalities?

Can a CDL driver go back to safety-sensitive work after a post-accident alcohol and drug test, but before the results are known?

Where can I find legal opinions of the NYS Comptroller?

What are the rules for Seasonal Limited Use Highways

Is there a requirement that the doctor doing the examination for a CDL license be certified?

Does creating a plan to deal with highway design or safety defects or accommodation issues increase liability?

Where can we find that Piggybacking memo mentioned at the Highway School?

Are highway departments considered ‘first responders’ by Homeland Security?

Does a town have an obligation to remove diseased trees on roads on the town's right of way?

Can I paint a single yellow stripe down the center of a highway just for guidance?

Is a Highway Department permitted to put up a NO PARKING ON PAVEMENT sign without a sidewalk district?

What are the sign regulations for attaching a NO LITTERING sign to a speed limit sign post?

What is the ‘Red Book’ that Highway Superintendents should have in their library and how do I obtain a copy?

What training and certification is needed for flaggers?

What do I have to do to meet the sign retroreflectivity standard that goes into effect on June 13, 2014?

What are the proper ways to sign one or more parking spaces for persons with disabilities?

How do I get reimbursements for work done under CHIPS and the new Winter Recovery Fund?

What are the requirements for a roadside mailbox?

What is an Erwin Plan Road?

Can CHIPS funding be used to develop an asset or pavement management plan?

2013

Can you mark road shoulders as bike lanes?

When do you need to install ADA compliant curb ramps as part of a pavement resurfacing project?

What are the fines for using electronic devices while driving?

What are the requirements for a public hearing before paving a Town highway?

Who sets work week schedule; the Town board or Highway Superintendent?

Who is responsible to remove a tree when it falls into a stream?

What are the critical dates for Town Highway Departments?

Can I change a two-way road to a one-way road?

What drug and alcohol tests are required for a CDL license?

What can a municipality do about someone dumping snow onto a highway?

2012

Can Town Highway Superintendent plow a public official's driveway?

Where should Dead End Road signs be placed?

What is the width of road?

Where can I find a specification for a product or service?

Are there any requirements for how many and how bright yellow (amber) flashing lights are to be on work trucks?

What constitutes a Federal off-system bridge or road?

How does the new “Move Over” law apply to highway personnel?

Is it true that they are no longer making Marshall Mix?

What is the definition of a highway?

What is the status of the MUTCD compliance date changes proposed in the Summer 2011?

Are there any laws that address the placement of snow onto the sidewalks after the town has cleared them?

2011

Does the law about cell phone usage and texting apply to government workers?

I heard many of the new requirements of the 2009 National MUTCD are being eliminated. Is this true?

What is the speed limit when there is no posting (no signs)?

2010

What are the dollar amounts for when sealed bids are required?

Which National MUTCD should be followed in New York State?

2009

Where can I acquire a copy of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law (V&T)?

Where can I get a copy of the 284 Agreement?

What is the Highway Right-of-Way?

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