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Lower Paxton Township Police Department
Friday February 19th, 2010 :: 10:42 a.m. EST


Lower Paxton Snow removal guidelines for public streets. See attachment.

Lower Paxton Township

Winter Maintenance Operations

The Public Works Department maintains approximately 400 lane miles of roadway with over 40 pieces of equipment on the road during storm events.
The Public Works Department has a plan in place that has all equipment spread throughout the Township in assigned geographic areas with detailed supervision based north and south of US 22. The winter maintenance plan includes:
First priority is state routes for which the Township is under contract with PENNDOT to provide winter maintenance. Such routes include Colonial Road, Locust Lane, Nyes Road, Union Deposit Road, Blue Ridge Avenue, Rutherford Road, etc. The Township maintains over 40 lane miles of state routes.
Second priority is municipal collector roads, like Conway Road, Fairmont Drive, Earl Drive, Jonestown Road, Colonial Club Drive, Goose Valley Road, Blue Mountain Parkway, Parkway East, Parkway West, Lockwillow Avenue, etc.
If the Public Works Department does not open state routes and municipal collector roads first, residents from our neighborhoods will have no where to go if their street is plowed.
Third priority is neighborhood streets.
Forth priority is dead-end and cul-de-sac streets, which receive limited travel (no through traffic).
Fifth priority is alleys after 6 or more inches of snow. Typically, alleys are private rights-of-way and are cleared as a courtesy to residents.
Dead-end, cul-de-sacs, and alleys require significantly more time to maintain than streets where drivers can “keep going.” Plow operators cannot keep forward movement on these cartways; they must stop, back-up and try again. Alleys may not be paved, making them more difficult to plow. Trucks loose momentum and snow becomes more difficult to push. Operators also have to push snow to and pile snow at specific locations as these cartway are maintained. Larger equipment is often required, and this larger equipment is first committed to state and collector roads. As such, dead-end and cul-de-sac streets cannot be done until the end of snow removal operations.
There is detailed communication between police, fire, EMS, and Public Works personnel in storm events. If emergency vehicles need access to a street that has not received maintenance, snow plows are immediately dispatched to provide access to the scene.
Seeing blacktop after streets have been plowed is desired, and it is not because these streets receive special attention or additional service. The Township pre-treats all streets before a snow event with deicer, for easier snow removal and faster melting after being plowed. A 32 degree temperature and a sunny day helps with snow melt.
The Township does not provide winter maintenance services on streets that have not been accepted through a formal dedication process. Such streets are typically part of a new residential development and snow removal is the responsibility of the developer.
Plow operators do their best not to plow shut driveways that residents have worked hard to open. But, snow from a plow takes the path of least resistance. Any opening, like a clean driveway, will fill as snow is plowed to the curb.
The Township requires that snow on sidewalks be removed within 24 hours of the end of a storm. This period of time may be extended during a state of emergency.
The Township has established a policy on mailboxes located within the road right-of way and which are damaged as a result of Public Works Department operations. The Township will provide a maximum of fifty dollars ($50.00) for repair or replacement of a damaged mailbox when:
The mailbox is physically struck by a Township owned and operated truck, snow plow or other equipment.
The mailbox is physically struck by a truck, snow plow or other equipment owned by a subcontractor performing winter maintenance services for the Township.
The Township shall not be responsible and assumes no liability for the repair or replacement of any mailbox that is damaged by snow that is pushed to the edge of road by a snow plow.
The Manager of Lower Paxton Township, pursuant to the provisions of the Pennsylvania Emergency Services Code and the Codified Ordinances of the Township, has declared a Snow Disaster Emergency in Lower Paxton. As part of this emergency, the Township requests that residents limit the parking of vehicles on and along the roadways of the Township and that citizens limit their travel to only essential or emergency trips.
As part of the snow emergency, trash and recyclables collection may be cancelled. Residents are instructed NOT to place items for collection at curbside. Waste Management will allow for the collection of missed trash and recyclables collections with the regular collection service in the next week. Waste Management may contact customers directly via telephone regarding postponement of service.
The Board of Supervisors requests that citizens submit their requests for services, including winter road maintenance, in a calm and professional manner. Township staff is required to and will respond likewise. On some occasions what is requested may not be something that the Township can provide. Please understand that a negative response on the part of staff is not, necessarily, inappropriate or an attempt to shirk a municipal responsibility – it may be the proper response given the request.
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Lower Paxton Township Police Department
425 Prince St
Harrisburg, PA 17109

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Non-emergencies: 717-657-5656

425 Prince St
Harrisburg, PA 17109

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