Public Works Department monthly report: 2024-01 Road Report
ACTIVE ROAD CLOSURES, DETOURS, AND ACTIVE PROJECTS
This project was awarded to MECO Construction in the amount of $5,380,100. The park improvements, including 3 pickleball courts, 2 tennis courts, basketball court, comfort station, pavilion, small playground, trail improvements, and paved parking lot, are expected to be completed in late spring, 2024.
Thorne Drive Basin Retrofit
As part of its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit requirements, the Township will be restoring the detention basin on Thorne Drive. The project will include removing trees, vegetation, and sediment accumulation, regrading/removing the defined channel, installing a new outlet structure that has a low-flow orifice to provide infiltration and extended detention, creating water quality features such as forebays, and installing native plantings. As a first step, infiltration test pits will be dug in early April. This project will help improve water quality in the Goose Creek Watershed by reducing sediment from stormwater runoff.
PECO is working to upgrade the gas and electrical distribution systems in the public right-of-way in the following areas:
- Cheyney Drive – 2024-01-02 PECO Customer Letter
Sawmill Court Development:
Construction access on South Concord Road between Picket Way and Oakbourne Road will continue until this development is completed.
Open Bids, RFP’s, and Recent Bid Results:
Road Occupancy Permit: Road Occupancy Permit Application
What to Know When It Snows!
The Public Works Department strives to keep Township roads passable during winter weather events. This year, equipment and labor shortages may affect snow removal operations. Westtown Township has a replacement schedule for aging equipment, but due to supply chain issues, some vehicles we have ordered may not be in service for at least another year. We also currently have two full-time openings in Public Works. In addition, our responsibilities have expanded due to the addition of two new neighborhoods to service this year. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.
Storm Response Procedure:
- Salting at the beginning of a storm to keep snow and ice from bonding with the paved surface.
- Snow removal begins when snow has accumulated on the road, and continues for the duration of the storm.
- Heavily travelled collector roads are cleared first, followed by developments and low volume roads.
- After initial clearing, the plow drivers will work on pushing snow back. Depending on the timing and duration of a storm, it may take up to six hours after the snow has stopped to clear the roads.
- After final clearing of snow, salt is reapplied to help prevent re-freezing.
To aid us in the safe and effective removal of snow and ice, do not park on the street during snow or ice storms, especially in cul-de-sacs, where the area snow can be placed is extremely limited due to mailboxes, driveways, and stormwater inlets. Cul-de-sacs may not be plowed if cars are parked in them.
To avoid having your driveway plowed shut, leave the last 10 feet of your driveway un-shoveled until we are finished. Do not place shoveled, blown, or plowed snow from driveways or sidewalks onto public streets. If the snow falls on a trash day, place your receptacles back from the edge of the road. Do not put them in the street.
Public Works would also like to remind residents of the policy regarding mailboxes damaged during snowplowing operations. A sound post and securely attached mailbox will not be knocked over by snow coming off a plow. It is helpful to use a reflector to make your mailbox more visible to plow drivers. Also check that the placement of your mailbox in the right-of-way follows the US Postal Service Standards for residential mailboxes shown in the diagram.
Plow drivers are instructed to drive as slowly as realistically possible in order to minimize problems with mailboxes. Mailboxes are an encroaching, albeit official, structure in the right-of-way, and the Township is not responsible for damage. The Township will not replace mailboxes damaged by snow coming off the plow.
Winter Stormwater Management
Winter often brings snow and ice. We encourage residents to limit the use of salt and other chemical de-icing products. De-icing products contain chemical constituents that can be harmful to the environment including water resources and drinking water supplies. For example, sodium can break down soil structure and decrease soil permeability, which adversely impacts vegetation and soil microbes; chloride mobilizes heavy metals and impacts fresh water supplies including ground and surface waters; and heavy metal components can adversely impact drinking water quality, plant, and aquatic life.
For additional information, please visit our Stormwater Management page.
2023 Road Maintenance Project
The 2023 Road Maintenance Project was awarded to Innovative Construction Services, Inc. in the amount of $972,090. The following roads were resurfaced:
Johnnys Way – entire length
Barnview Lane – entire length
Station Way – entire length
Butternut Road – entire length
Appletree Road – entire length
Avonlea Circle – entire length
Tower Course Road – Rt 926 to Carlyle Road
Dogwood Lane – Oakbourne Road to notch at #1013
Russell Lane – entire length
Creamery Lane – Russell Lane to Farm Lane
Farm Lane – Stable Lane to end
Springline Drive – entire length
North and South Deerwood Drive – entire length
S. New Street – Spring Line Drive to General Howe Drive
We thank affected residents for their patience and cooperation during this project.