A reduced town highway crew was at work today to give some members of the 17-member department a bit of a respite during a holiday weekend when increased traffic was expected anyway. They will be off on Sunday, but will work again Monday if NYS DOT and NYC DEP crews and equipment are available on the holiday to help, according to John Biruk, Middletown DPW Superintendent. Rock walls will be laid beginning Tuesday at the base of East Hubbell Hill Road and Millbrook Road, so those roads will be closed. Fill removed from the Bushkill at the Fleischmanns park will be drawn to Dry Brook to continue repairs to two major washout areas. Hubbell Inc. will return Monday to continue the relocation of Dry Brook in areas where it carved new channels. Highway workers are eagerly awaiting installation of a portable Verizon cell phone tower in the MTC parking lot on Swart Street, Margaretville. It is to have a 3-mile reach and will aid cell phone communications between the various entities in the field.