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Highway Department

The Groveland Highway Department is responsible for ensuring the safety of motorists and pedestrians that use our public ways by maintaining roughly 53 miles of town roads. Our mission is to provide a safe, pleasurable driving experience for our residents and visitors passing through. We try to accomplish this with continued maintenance of our scenic roadways and upkeep of our clean and groomed roadsides. Snow and ice removal is a winter priority for the entire staff, who is tasked with providing safe travel conditions on town roads and parking lots in a timely fashion. Ice treatment is accomplished through applications of salt and sand, or a mixture of both.

The Highway Department is also responsible for the upkeep of traffic and street signs, guardrails, bridges and culverts, roadside brush and tree removal, traffic lines and crosswalks, patching potholes, and all other road maintenance functions. A storm water collection system with more than 700 catch basins is cleaned and inspected annually. Streets in town are swept at least once each year as well.

Yard Waste Drop-Off Site

Open: April 3 to November 30

  • Saturdays – 8:00am to 2:00pm
  • Wednesdays – 4:00pm to 7:00pm (or Dusk whichever is earlier)

The yard waste/compost site is for residents only and is not for commercial use. Drivers licenses will be checked prior to drop-off.


The Yard Waste Site is located at the Highway Garage, 160 Center Street (the section of Center Street between School and Washington Streets). The Highway Garage is across from Yale and Harvard Road area.

Leaves and Grass Clippings:

Acceptable items include leaves and grass clippings. NO sticks, branches, plastic bags or garbage allowed. Please take all plastic bags with you. Biodegradable paper bags may be left at the site.

Brush Collection:

Acceptable items include brush only, no larger than 3″ in diameter. No roots, dirt, trash, or trunks will be accepted.  

Street Opening Permit Application

Snow Plowing

The Groveland Highway Department wants to provide the best possible service clearing our streets of snow and ice. Here are a few tips you can follow to help us do our job:

  • Don’t drive unnecessarily in a storm especially during severe snowstorms and freezing rain.
  • If a storm is anticipated, remove vehicles from the roadside shoulders. This allows plows to clear the area the first time through, making return trips unnecessary.
  • Do not shovel or blow snow into the road or have your driveway plowed into the road. This can cause a serious traffic hazard.
  • Help reduce the possibility of a broken mailbox post. Plow operators are urged to take precautions to avoid hitting mailbox posts; however, experience has shown that reduced visibility during a storm makes it difficult for a driver to see a post in time to avoid striking it or pushing it over with plowed snow. Any installation within the right-of-way, including a mailbox, is placed there at the owner’s risk. Therefore, residents are encouraged to install mailboxes at the maximum usable distance from the edge of the roadway. Posts should also be checked for deterioration to reduce the possibility that the weight of the plowed snow may simply break the post.
  • Don’t be misled by trucks running with their plows raised—they may be returning for fuel or heading to another area.
  • Avoid calling municipal offices during a storm for routine matters. Personnel are extremely busy dealing with storm conditions. It is best to keep the telephone lines clear for emergencies