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Lincoln Hooper

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1543
273 Queen Anne Road
Harwich, MA

Phone Numbers:
(508) 430-7555 Main
(508) 430-7598 Fax

General Inquiries/comments:
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 DPW Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
8:30AM - 4:00PM

8:30AM - 12:00PM

Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays


 Harwich Department of Public Works

Through teamwork and interdepartmental cooperation, the Department of Public Works strives to provide the highest quality of public service to the residents, businesses, and visitors of Harwich, in the most cost-efficient manner. These services include snow and ice removal, storm water drainage, construction and maintenance of public roadways, solid waste management, maintenance of Town-owned parks, athletic fields, beaches, cemeteries, public buildings and grounds, as well as the planting and upkeep of the Town's public shade trees.

The Division of Highways and Maintenance is comprised of the following departments:

  • Highway
  • Transfer Station / Recycling
  • Parks and Beaches
  • Cemetery
  • Building Maintenance
  • Forestry
  • Vehicle Maintenance



Please click here to view our

Snow and Ice Policy adopted by the Board of Selectmen in 2006.


Private roads must meet the minimum standards set by the Board of Selectmen on October 6, 2003 in order to receive snowplowing and sanding services.  The criteria may be viewed here:



Private Roads Minimum Standards


Click the link below to view this year’s inspection report.

2019 Private Roads Inspection Report


Helpful Snow Removal Tips



Damage to Private Property

 It should be noted that the municipality is not held responsible for damage to private property that is located within the public right of way. The right of way (ROW) is often 50’ wide, and is often confused by property owners as their own property. In most cases, the ROW often extends 10 to 20 feet of either side of the paved or gravel road. Some homeowners often cultivate extensions of their lawns, place mailboxes, erect fences or stone walls in these areas, which improve the appearance of the street greatly, but are obstructive to good maintenance from being conducted on the roadway. The snow windrow must be pushed back as far as possible for many reasons such as:


1. Traffic safety

2. Space for future snow storage

3. Prevention of melting snow water from running onto the pavement

4. To permit maximum possible view of traffic of the roads


Mailboxes located within road limits exist by sufferance only with the responsibility assumed by the owner. It is not possible for the Town to replace or repair any type of structure erected by an abutting land owner within the right-of-way that has been damaged as a result of highway maintenance or construction work. In the event of personal property damage, the Town of Harwich will only be responsible to repair or replace damaged property having been in actual contact with the snow removal equipment that is on private property and not within the public right-of-way.