New York State Local Technical Assistance Program

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The Quick Answers section is where we answers questions from people like you. These cover a wide variety of subjects of interest to local road/highway and related agencies.

If you have a question you would like answered, please email us at For additional information on any of the topics or entries posted here, contact our office, our Senior Engineer, David Orr, or our Technical Assistance Engineer, Geoff Scott. David can be reached via telephone at (607) 255-8465, or Geoff can be contacted at (607) 255-2806 or

Recent Quick Answers

I have a question regarding the use of gutters as a stormwater conveyance structures. This question arises out of a bicyclist slipping on some ice at an intersection in which stormwater had frozen. Is there anything in writing that would withstand legal scrutiny that defines gutters as  stormwater conveyance structures? (4/1/21)

I have received complaints about landscaping trucks parking on roads while they are servicing lawns for long periods of time. What are the regulations or procedures that govern the use and obstruction of public roads for private business activities such as landscaping? 

Where can I find a simple chart to help me calibrate my salt spreader?

The New York State Department of State (DOS) has a local law database where you can find sample laws.

Where can I find information on performing simple traffic studies for items such as stop sign placement or traffic counts?

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