Whether it’s building roads and bridges, repaving heavily traveled highways or moving massive amounts of earth, Lancaster Development evaluates each project for the most efficient way to get the job done. 


With a large fleet excavating equipment including: excavators, articulated-end dump trucks and multiple bulldozers equipped with state-of-the-art GPS automation equipment, Lancaster’s earth-moving capabilities are rivaled by few contractors in the state.  We can move millions of cubic yards of material in just about any kind of terrain.

Utility Services

With specialized equipment, Lancaster’s crews can upgrade and install distribution lines for storm drains, sewers and municipal water systems. If needed, bypass pumps can be set up to allow for continued use of the utilities while work is performed.

To ensure a safe job site, particularly in utility services, where crews are often required to work in confined spaces and deep trenches, Lancaster utilizes trench boxes and follows strict guidelines for shoring trench areas before working on lines. LDI also works closely with Dig Safely and utility companies to locate and protect existing utilities using GPS survey or vacuum excavation.

Paving – Asphalt and Concrete

Whether it’s a side road meandering through a country village or a major urban interstate, Lancaster Development’s paving teams approach every paving project with an innovative eye toward reduced traffic impacts, increased safety for motorists and workers, and improved quality. 

Lancaster has handled many major paving projects, including Rehabilitation of 4 miles of Interstate 90 through the Capital Region, 300,000 tons of asphalt paving on the NYS Thruway near Catskill, NY, as well as 125,000 tons of asphalt on Interstate 890 near Schenectady, NY, for which the company received a bonus from the state for perfect quality – the first New York State contractor to ever be so recognized.

Bridgework, including Retaining Walls

Whether it’s a span over water, another roadway or railroad tracks, Lancaster’s expertise in constructing bridges is unrivaled.  In-house engineers who specialize in bridgework and spans can design construction solutions for a wide range of projects.

When the Route 167 span in Little Falls – at 1,500 feet – needed to be replaced, Lancaster’s crew met the challenge. Two cranes – a 275-ton crawler crane and a massive 550-ton crawler crane, were brought in to place the two bridges that were necessary to span the Erie Canal, Mohawk River, CSX railroad and State Route 5.


With specialized equipment, a customized trencher and millions of linear feet of experience, Lancaster is prepared to handle the trenching needs of virtually any site. Whether it’s under-drain or edged drain trenchwork, Lancaster can have a site prepped to drain subsurface water effectively for years, with trenching from 4 to 18 inches wide and up to 4 feet deep.

Equipment Transportation

Lancaster’s expertise in heavy equipment transportation – honed over a half-century of moving its own substantial fleet – is available to assist others in hauling large or oversized equipment.  Tractor-trailers are available to transport virtually any large piece of equipment or vehicle for construction firms, farmers, rental firms and others.

Lancaster’s team of certified drivers and DOT-permitted trucks can haul wide or overweight loads and handle trips across town or across the country. With trucking available on demand, a Lancaster crew and truck can be at your site within hours. 

Material Trucking

With one of the largest aggregates and material hauling fleets in Upstate New York, Lancaster is ready to deliver the bulk sand & gravel, crushed stone and asphalt you need when you need them. 

Our tractor-trailers and tri-axle dump trucks are available to deliver large quantities of aggregate, even on short notice. Whether it’s weeks of regular deliveries or a 1-day job, Lancaster’s well-maintained fleet, with most trucks no more than three years old, is ready to roll.

Contract Crushing

Municipalities or companies interested in recycling the asphalt or concrete removed during demolition or repair, or retaining the topsoil removed from construction sites, need look no further than Lancaster’s contract crushing service.
Lancaster’s portable crushers and screening plants can be brought onsite to recycle the material for use immediately, or the material can be trucked away and sold for use in other projects.


In Design / Build, Lancaster Development forms a partnership with the owner and works through all phases from conception and design to construction and completion. Design / Build incorporates all planning, construction and coordination phases into a single, seamless process.

Together, our team of surveyors, estimators and engineers work closely with the client to satisfy both construction and budget requirements at the start of the project.  Once construction plans are approved, we proceed through the entire development and permitting and work with civil and structural engineers and municipalities and provide representation to ensure that each process flows smoothly.

The Design / Build approach keeps everyone involved and encourages the best strategies and solutions, which ultimately results in higher project quality, creating savings of both time and money.

Value Engineering

Value engineering, a Lancaster specialty, is a process to review a project design prior to construction and suggest modifications that will save you time and money without jeopardizing project safety or quality. 

It was through value engineering that Lancaster proposed a radical change to a major highway paving project in Albany, NY. When the New York State Department of Transportation hired Lancaster to repave Interstate 90, one of the Capital Region’s most heavily traveled roads, the proposal called for 1 ½ years of construction, with the ensuing traffic delays and commuter disruptions. 

Lancaster looked at the options and proposed shutting down the highway at night for uninterrupted work that would proceed more quickly, and re-opening all three lanes during the day. The lighter nighttime traffic was re-directed to other routes, and the project was completed in 4 months, cutting an entire year off the original schedule, while improving traffic flow and creating a better finished product.