Section 19. A town shall have police jurisdiction over all state highways within its limits. It shall forthwith give written notice to the department or its employees of any defect or want of repair in such highways; but it may make necessary temporary repairs of a state highway without the approval of the department.

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws ch. 81 sec. 19

  • jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • state highways: includes such public roads in state forests, parks and reservations outside of the metropolitan parks district, and such public roads within the limits of any property under the control of any department, board or commission of the commonwealth, as may from time to time be designated by the department as roads for general public use and approved for such use by the executive head of the department, board or commission controlling such property. See Massachusetts General Laws ch. 81 sec. 13

The department shall at the expense of the commonwealth keep such state highways or parts thereof as it may select sufficiently clear of snow and ice to be reasonably safe for travel; and the town in which any such state highway or part thereof lies shall forthwith give written notice to the department or its employees of any failure to keep such highway or part thereof clear of ice and snow as aforesaid.