Highway Department

The Grand Island Highway Department provides a wide variety or services including:

  • Issue permits for work to be performed in Town Highway right-of-ways.
    For example:
    Curb cuts
    Driveway culvert permits
    Road push or boring permits
    Open road cuts
    Power and telephone pole location permits and gas line permits.
  • Snow and ice removal on all Town roads and roads owned by Erie County which are done under contract.
  • The upkeep of all Town owned roads.
    For example:
    Patching - hot patching in summer, cold patching in winter
    Road striping
  • Road sweeping on Town roads, curbed areas mostly.
  • Roadside mowing of Town roads.
  • Traffic control sign installation and maintenance.
  • Maintenance of roadside ditches.
    For example:
    Roadside ditching
    Installing driveway culverts-by permit
    Installing pipe across the premises-by permit
  • Maintenance for Town vehicles for all Town departments.

Highway Superintendent, James B. Tomkins states that there are approximately 129 miles of roads on Grand Island, of which 78 miles belong to the Town of Grand Island; the rest are divided up among the Erie County Highway Department, the Department of Transportation and the New York Thruway. If you are not aware of which roads you live on, please refer to the list below submitted for your convenience. Do not be confused in the wintertime, as the Grand Island Highway Department, under contract, plows all County owned roads.

Roads owned by Erie County and maintained by the Erie County Highway Dept.
Stony Point Road, from E. River to South Bridge
Baseline Road from E. River to Bush Road
East River Road from Baseline to Bush Road.
Huth Road, Long Road, Love Road, Whitehaven Road & Bush Road.

Call the Harlem Road Maintenance Shop at 823-4243 or 825-6996.

Roads owned by the D.O.T. New York State Department of Transportation.
West River Parkway
South Parkway (Beaver Island)
Grand Island Blvd. (Rt. 324)

You may call 438-2396 for all Departments of Transportation Roads.

Superintendent of Highways

James B. Tomkins

 Asst. Superintendent

 Richard Crawford

Cheryl Zito

Contact info

Grand Island Highway Department
1820 Whitehaven Road
Grand Island, NY 14072

JT Tomkins
Superintendent of Highways


Dick Crawford
Assistant Superintendent 

Cheryl Zito, Personnel 

Highway Department Fax: 716-773-9634
Department Email: