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 HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Highway Department TruckWhile snow removal from the roadways is at the forefront of winter activities, highway department crews constantly are involved with public safety issues throughout the year. Crews are responsible for cleaning nearly 3,000 storm inlets to help prevent damming and street flooding/freezing, shovel sidewalks at recreation sites and bridge walkways to aid pedestrian traffic, clear fire hydrants to allow firefighters easy access in emergencies, fill potholes, replace street signs, repair vehicles and equipment, and remove accumulated anti-skid at intersections.

In spring, crews focus on cleanup and maintenance. Equipment is power-washed, greased, and fluids are changed. Spreaders and plows are removed, repaired and stored away for next winter. While this in-house upkeep is going on, both street sweepers are busy cleaning up the applied anti-skid, debris and refuse that has accumulated on roadways since last fall. Roadside mowing operations also begin.

Summer is time to continue spring projects, to complete the paving program and start roadside cleanup. Special summer projects include installing new storm pipelines, clearing and dredging creeks, and trimming trees extending into the roadways. Pothole repairs, sign installations, street sweeping and general maintenance continue all summer.

Fall is the season for leaf collection. Weather permitting, collection begins the first week of November. If the majority of leaves fall earlier or later, the schedule is adjusted accordingly. Within twenty-five days crews collect approximately 300 truckloads and 120 sweeper loads of leaves.


 SNOW STORM TIPS

 -Try and stay off of the roads as much as possible. When in doubt, it can wait.

-It takes around 2.5 hours for Highway Department employees to treat Swatara Township roads with salt/anti skid. So delay travel whenever possible.

-Do not pass plow trucks. Doing this could cause a serious accident.
 
-Watch for drifting snow over roadways. This storm in particular will have high winds after   the storm.
 
-Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
 
-SLOW DOWN! It will take twice as much roadway or more to stop during inclement weather.
 
-Avoid hills. Hills are treated with material first but can be very slippery.

 


 SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES

In order to facilitate the movement of traffic and to combat the hazards of snow and ice on snow emergency routes, the Township may declare a snow and ice emergency. After any snow emergency is declared, it shall be unlawful, at any time during the continuance of the emergency, for any person:
A. To park a motor vehicle or to allow that vehicle to remain parked anywhere on any snow emergency route.
B. To drive any motor vehicle on any such snow emergency route, unless that vehicle is equipped with snow tires or chains.
 

 

 The following are snow emergency routes:
Street
Between
Bonnymeade Avenue
Derry Street and Dawn-Mar Street
Cardinal Drive
Chambers Hill Road and Cardinal Court
Center Street
Main Street and 3rd Street
Center Street
Third Street and Highland Street
Chambers Hill Road
Penhar Drive and Paxton Street
Cockley Road
Chambers Hill Road and Lower Swatara line
Derry Street
Milroy Road and Pleasant View Road
East Park Drive
Derry Street and Spring Creek Road
Eddington Street (north only)
Lancaster Street and Fordham Avenue
Eighty-Second Street
Lee's Drive and Paxton Street
Forty-Eighth Street
Derry Street and Lower Paxton line
Harrisburg Street, South (east only)
Quarry Road and Highland Street
Harvest Drive
50th Street and Arney Road
High Street
Hickory Street and Harrisburg Street
Keckler Road
Highland Street and Chambers Hill Road
Kempton Avenue
Lancaster Street and Fordham Avenue
Lenker Road
Montour Street and Simpson Street
Mall Road North
Harrisburg Street and Paxton Street
Monroe Street (north only)
Center Street and Elm Street
Mushroom Hill Road
Grayson Road and Chambers Hill Road
Orchard Drive
Pine Street and Reynder Street
Pajabon Drive
Stacey Drive and Keckler Road
Pleasant View Road
Township line and Bridge Street
Reservoir Road
Harrisburg Street and Kelker Street
Reynder Street
Orchard Drive and Swatara Street
Sixtieth Street
Chambers Hill Road and Acorn Drive
Sixty-Fifth Street
Derry Street and Evelyn Street
Sixty-Ninth Street (east side only)
Derry Street to end
Sixty-Seventh Street
Derry Street and Lower Paxton line
Sixty-Third Street
Derry Street and Ann Street
Wilhelm Road
Derry Street and Simpson Road

 

 HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Highway Department TruckWhile snow removal from the roadways is at the forefront of winter activities, highway department crews constantly are involved with public safety issues throughout the year. Crews are responsible for cleaning nearly 3,000 storm inlets to help prevent damming and street flooding/freezing, shovel sidewalks at recreation sites and bridge walkways to aid pedestrian traffic, clear fire hydrants to allow firefighters easy access in emergencies, fill potholes, replace street signs, repair vehicles and equipment, and remove accumulated anti-skid at intersections.

In spring, crews focus on cleanup and maintenance. Equipment is power-washed, greased, and fluids are changed. Spreaders and plows are removed, repaired and stored away for next winter. While this in-house upkeep is going on, both street sweepers are busy cleaning up the applied anti-skid, debris and refuse that has accumulated on roadways since last fall. Roadside mowing operations also begin.

Summer is time to continue spring projects, to complete the paving program and start roadside cleanup. Special summer projects include installing new storm pipelines, clearing and dredging creeks, and trimming trees extending into the roadways. Pothole repairs, sign installations, street sweeping and general maintenance continue all summer.

Fall is the season for leaf collection. Weather permitting, collection begins the first week of November. If the majority of leaves fall earlier or later, the schedule is adjusted accordingly. Within twenty-five days crews collect approximately 300 truckloads and 120 sweeper loads of leaves.


 SNOW STORM TIPS

 -Try and stay off of the roads as much as possible. When in doubt, it can wait.

-It takes around 2.5 hours for Highway Department employees to treat Swatara Township roads with salt/anti skid. So delay travel whenever possible.

-Do not pass plow trucks. Doing this could cause a serious accident.
 
-Watch for drifting snow over roadways. This storm in particular will have high winds after   the storm.
 
-Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
 
-SLOW DOWN! It will take twice as much roadway or more to stop during inclement weather.
 
-Avoid hills. Hills are treated with material first but can be very slippery.

 


 SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES

In order to facilitate the movement of traffic and to combat the hazards of snow and ice on snow emergency routes, the Township may declare a snow and ice emergency. After any snow emergency is declared, it shall be unlawful, at any time during the continuance of the emergency, for any person:
A. To park a motor vehicle or to allow that vehicle to remain parked anywhere on any snow emergency route.
B. To drive any motor vehicle on any such snow emergency route, unless that vehicle is equipped with snow tires or chains.
 

 

 The following are snow emergency routes:
Street
Between
Bonnymeade Avenue
Derry Street and Dawn-Mar Street
Cardinal Drive
Chambers Hill Road and Cardinal Court
Center Street
Main Street and 3rd Street
Center Street
Third Street and Highland Street
Chambers Hill Road
Penhar Drive and Paxton Street
Cockley Road
Chambers Hill Road and Lower Swatara line
Derry Street
Milroy Road and Pleasant View Road
East Park Drive
Derry Street and Spring Creek Road
Eddington Street (north only)
Lancaster Street and Fordham Avenue
Eighty-Second Street
Lee's Drive and Paxton Street
Forty-Eighth Street
Derry Street and Lower Paxton line
Harrisburg Street, South (east only)
Quarry Road and Highland Street
Harvest Drive
50th Street and Arney Road
High Street
Hickory Street and Harrisburg Street
Keckler Road
Highland Street and Chambers Hill Road
Kempton Avenue
Lancaster Street and Fordham Avenue
Lenker Road
Montour Street and Simpson Street
Mall Road North
Harrisburg Street and Paxton Street
Monroe Street (north only)
Center Street and Elm Street
Mushroom Hill Road
Grayson Road and Chambers Hill Road
Orchard Drive
Pine Street and Reynder Street
Pajabon Drive
Stacey Drive and Keckler Road
Pleasant View Road
Township line and Bridge Street
Reservoir Road
Harrisburg Street and Kelker Street
Reynder Street
Orchard Drive and Swatara Street
Sixtieth Street
Chambers Hill Road and Acorn Drive
Sixty-Fifth Street
Derry Street and Evelyn Street
Sixty-Ninth Street (east side only)
Derry Street to end
Sixty-Seventh Street
Derry Street and Lower Paxton line
Sixty-Third Street
Derry Street and Ann Street
Wilhelm Road
Derry Street and Simpson Road

 

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