Mark Gross, Director of Public Works – firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Works Department monthly report: 2017-12 Road Report
Road Occupancy Permit: Road Occupancy Permit Application
Snow Removal Procedures:
The following is a general overview of Westtown Township’s snow plowing procedures:
Salting operations begin at a coating of snow/ice, and continue until all roads are treated. It is important to salt at the beginning of a storm to keep the snow and ice from bonding with the paved surface, making it difficult to remove. Plowing begins after approximately 2 inches of snow has accumulated on the road surface. Plowing is ongoing for the duration of the storm with priority given to higher volume roads, then working back into neighborhoods.
At the completion of a storm, the sectors will be plowed to open up areas. Depending on the severity of the snow/ice event, this may take up to 6 hours after precipitation has stopped. The plows will typically make one pass as close as possible to the edge of pavement. To avoid having your driveway plowed shut, leave the last 10 feet of your driveway unshoveled until the plows are finished. Another method is to shovel 15 feet of the shoulder to the right of your driveway. That will allow a snowplow full of snow to unload and deposit the snow before it reaches your driveway.
Tips for homeowners:
The Township has 93 cul-de-sacs, which present challenges to snow removal. Driveway openings, mailboxes, and storm water drains limit where the snow can be pushed. Cars parked in cul-de-sacs exacerbate this problem. Due to these constraints, as well as concern for private property and safety of the plowing crew, the Township will not plow cul-de-sacs with cars in them.
Do not push snow from your driveway onto the roadway. This creates a hazardous situation, and the homeowner may be held responsible for accidents resulting from snow placed in the road from your driveway.
When possible, eliminate snow piles at the end of your driveway which block visibility. Large piles of snow will obstruct your vision and make it difficult for oncoming motorists to see you exiting, or small children playing in the driveway.
The Township is not responsible for mailbox replacement or repair caused by snow and slush coming off the plow. The Township will however, replace a mailbox/post that was physically hit by a plow truck, provided the mailbox was properly located beyond the curb or edge of road. Replacement will be a standard mailbox up to $20 and/or a standard wood mailbox post up to $30 in value.
Jacqueline Drive Traffic Calming
The engineer’s summary of the traffic calming measures can be viewed here: Jacqueline Drive Post Implementation Memo