The Public Works Department of West Rockhill Township consists of Road Master/Director of Public Works James Chavous and one other full time employee. The Public Works Department is responsible for sustaining the infrastructure of West Rockhill Township. Public Works is responsible for maintaining 40.61 miles of roadway keeping the roads clear, smooth, plowed and safe. The Public Works Department is also responsible for maintaining parks and open space, storm drains and inlets, mowing, and maintenance of all the equipment and the maintenance of both the Public Works and the Administration Buildings.
Storm Drains & Inlets
Only rain water belongs in the storm drains. Residents can help by removing any debris that collects around or on the inlets. Residents are responsible for clearing, maintaining and replacing their driveway pipes. New driveway pipe installation requires a driveway road occupancy permit.
Road Occupancy Permits
A Highway Occupancy/Road Opening/Driveway Permit is required for any work performed in/on a Township roadway and for the installation/modification of a driveway. The permit applications will be reviewed and approved by the Public Works Director.
Yard Waste Collection
Per the Township Solid Waste Ordinance, residents trash hauler is mandated to take your yard waste. Please contact your waste hauler for more information. The Township takes yard waste at the Public Works Building, 1028 Ridge Road, the last Friday of each month.
When calling in a pothole repair request, it helps to know which entity maintains the road. Call PennDOT at 215-345-6060 to report a pothole on a State road within West Rockhill. Call or email West Rockhill Public Works to report a pothole on a Township road.
The Public Works Department is committed to providing the fastest, most efficient response possible to snow and ice so our roads remain passable. The Township uses four trucks equipped with snow plows and salt spreaders. The Township also uses outside contractors for some storms.
When a Snow Emergency has been declared as announced on Twitter and the Township's website. it shall be unlawful for any person to park a motor vehicle or allow one to remain parked anywhere on any Snow Emergency Route.
PennDOT Snow Removal
PennDOT’s roads are plowed in a sequence focused on the region’s most heavily traveled roads. Report maintenance concerns toll-free to 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623) or 215-345-6060.
Obtain travel conditions on Pennsylvania's interstate highways toll-free: 1-888-783-6783. Get up-to-the-minute local traffic conditions at SmartTraveler: 215-567-5678. Cellular callers, dial #211.
What You Can Do to Help
Before Snow and Ice Arrive:
- Do not park on the roadway when a snowfall of 4 inches or more is expected.
- Residents in un-curbed developments should mark their lawns with 4-foot posts or reflective markers approximately 2 feet from the road edge.
- Remove trash cans and other objects from the roadway.
After Snow and Ice Arrive:
- Travel only if necessary.
- Move your car off the street to help the plow operator provide clear travel lanes for motorists. This is especially important in cul-de-sacs.
- Do not shovel or blow snow into the street.
- Remove snow from fire hydrants to keep them visible in case of a fire.
- Clear your sidewalks of snow and ice within 12 hours of a snow storm. This is a Township Ordinance requirement.
- Wait to clear snow from driveways until plow trucks have cleared all the snow from the roadway, or shovel to the right of your driveway to reduce snow pushback.
Winter Driving Tips
- Always wear a seat belt, drive at a reduced speed, and drive defensively.
- Always turn on headlights during inclement weather.
- Leave yourself plenty of time to get where you're going during the winter.
- Keep your gas tank full.
- Maintain at least twice the normal following distance when driving on snow or ice. Rear-end collisions account for most winter crashes.
- Keep the vehicle in proper working condition. Make sure the engine is tuned and the battery, belts, hoses, and radiator are checked. Examine tires to make sure they have adequate tread, and keep tires properly inflated.
- Periodically check windshield washing fluid level and only use fluids containing an antifreeze solvent. Keep an extra container of windshield fluid in the trunk.
- Clear snow and ice from windows, mirrors, hood, headlights, taillights, and trunk before driving.
- Keep an ice scraper, snow brush, deicer, small snow shovel, warning devices (flares or triangles), bag of salt or sand, flashlight, battery cables, tire chains, paper towels, and a blanket in each vehicle during the winter.
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 car lengths behind a snow plow.
- Do not pass a snow plow because the plow blades are wider than the truck.
- Car pool or use mass transit whenever possible during the winter. Fewer cars on the road makes travel safer during a snow storm and expedites snow plowing operations.
- Use extra care when driving on a bridge or elevated ramp during the winter because they freeze faster than normal roadways.