Snow & Ice Removal
The Road Department plows and salts seventy-six miles of Township roads during inclement weather, including 110 cul-de-sacs. These cul-de-sacs present a challenge to the Department because 25 miles of main highway can be plowed in the time it takes to clear only 5 miles of cul-de-sacs. The variability of weather can also challenge the Department. Salt spreaders are sent out at the onset of each snow storm and are followed by the snow plows after approximately 2 inches have accumulated on Township roadways. Major roadways within the Township are first plowed until the snow abates. The crews then begin to clear the secondary streets and continue until all streets are cleared. Cul-de-sacs are the last to be plowed due to the limited use and time needed to clear them.
In a typical winter, 800 tons of salt is required for approximately eight major storms. The winter of 1993-94 required 2,000 tons of salt to alleviate the effects of sixteen major storms.
The Road Department is responsible for all asphalt patching and pothole repairs on Township roads. The Township is not responsible for fixing potholes on State roadways or private parking lots. The Township is not responsible for private roadways in new developments until such time as they are dedicated to the Township.
Each year the Department resurfaces approximately four to five miles of roadway within the Township. The funding for this work comes from the annual Public Works budget. Roads are selected based on various criteria and needs, including surface conditions, traffic volume, condition of underground utilities, condition of abutting infrastructure, such as curbing and drainage swales.
Goals for Roadway Maintenance
Recognize that a preventive maintenance program is the best tool for maintaining the Township’s road infrastructure in a timely manor; that-is, be proactive rather than reactive to impending road problems.Recognize a variety of road restoration methods are needed to be employed to maintain the Township road infrastructure, such as but not limited to:Micro-surfacing, oil and chip, skin patching, overlay, milling for base reclamation, leveling or shoulder replacement.Recognize annual funding is required to employ an annual resurfacing program in order to keep Township road infrastructure in a safe and passable condition.
Recognize certain sections of the Township may from time to time receive proposals for installation of certain public utilities such as sanitary sewers, public water facilities and/or storm sewer systems and, until such decision to install public utilities is certain, the Township should complete other road projects in need but not affected by any utility installation and that during said time the utilities would be constructed the Township should seek out and complete other large road projects such as the replacement of a stream crossing or drainage system.
Recognize that if utilities are to be installed and storm water regulations met, roadways, especially through older neighborhoods will require more costly full width restoration involving milling and overlay.