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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Township of Pine 2019-20 Winter Road Policy

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2019-2020 Winter Road Service Policy

By the time this issue reaches our residents, winter weather may be upon us. Therefore,  we ask our residents to review the Township's Winter Road Service Policy. Most important, please bear in mind that the Township provides winter maintenance only to Township roadways.

State roads are the responsibility of PENNDOT. Please do not call the Township to request service for State roads. Contact PENNDOT directly at 800-FIX-ROAD or 412-781-3260.

Please contact Allegheny County maintenance for snow removal or any maintenance issues for the County roads in Pine at 412-350-2490. A full list of Township, State, and County roads may be found on the Townships website at www.twp.pine. pa.us.

Township roads are serviced by a priority system based on the amount of traffic flow or their use by school busses. The major arteries are addressed first, secondary roads and developments are then plowed and salted. Cul-de-sacs are last because they are not thruways for the majority of motorists. On-duty police officers will alert the Director of Public Works when roads have reached the point where they require attention.

Operation Procedures

The Township of Pine does not maintain State roads within the Township.  State roads are maintained by PennDot.  These roads include:  Babcock Boulevard, Bakerstown Road, Franklin Road, Freeport Road, Gibsonia Road, Graham Road, Mars-Valencia Road, North Chapel Drive, Pearce Mill Road, Perry Highway, Wallace Road, Warrendale Road, Wexford Bayne Road, and Wexford Road.  Questions concerning the maintenance of these roads may be addressed by calling the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) at 800-Fix-Road or 412-429-5000.   These County roads are the responsibility of Allegheny County (412-350-4005):  County Lane, Kummer Road, North Ridge Road, Reynolds Road and a section of Brown Road from Pineview Drive into North Park.

The Public Works Department shall be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the purpose of winter road service on Township roads between November 1 and March 31.  Road service shall commence when the following criteria is met:  1) snow accumulation reaches one inch on roadways between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., or; 2) snow accumulation reaches four inches on roadways in accordance with PennDOT’s maintenance manual for Class C and D roads between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., or; 3) icing conditions exist, or; 4) the Director of Public Works determines hazardous conditions exist.  Winter road service shall consist of snow plowing, application of anti-skid and de-icing materials, and maintenance of Township road-drainage basins and lines as deemed necessary by the Director of Public Works.   

Upon the roadway conditions meeting the above criteria, the Northern Regional Police Department will notify the Director of Public Works who will then call out the road crew.  The Public Works Foreman will call in the road crew when the Director is on leave or can’t be reached by telephone.  The Public Works Foreman shall respond and take corrective action by assessing the road conditions and exercising his judgment to best utilize available resources.  Exceptionally dangerous conditions may require that the Police Department stay at the scene and provide traffic control until the problem is addressed.  When possible, specific problem areas for spot salting should be identified before the Police Department notifies the Director of Public Works and/ or the Public Works Foreman.  During overtime hours the Public Works Foreman will be the Public Works crew’s immediate contact and they will report directly to him with any questions and concerns.

Every effort will be made to secure contracted assistance in the event that municipal forces are unable to maintain the roadways.

To assist the Department of Public Works in the clearing of the roadways during a snow event residents are required by Ordinance 241 to do the following:

  • DO NOT PARK IN THE STREET. Snowplows and salt trucks cannot thoroughly clean the streets with cars parked on them. Vehicles should be parked in driveways during a snow event.
  • WAIT until the roadway in front of your house is plowed before cleaning out the end of your driveway. There is no feasible way for Township crews to plow roads without leaving snow at the end of your driveway.
  • Do not shovel or plow your driveway onto the main roadway. Snow should be piled on the sides of the driveway. At the end of the driveway, pile snow on the opposite side of the-direction the snowplow travels on the main roadway. By doing this, the snowplow will not put as much snow back into your driveway.
  • Help to reduce the possibility of a broken mailbox post. Our plow operators take precautions to avoid hitting mailboxes, but visibility during a storm is reduced significantly. Make sure posts are not installed within the street right-of-way. Also, check for deterioration of the posts to reduce the possibility that the weight of plowed snow won't cause the post to fall over.

PLEASE NOTE:

The Township is not responsible for clearing or maintenance of private roadways, private driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, mailboxes, or obstructions within the street right-of-way.

Road Priorities Guidelines

Road priorities are determined using many criteria, including the volume of traffic flow and/or their use as school bus routes.  The roads are not necessarily serviced in the order listed under each priority since we have up to eight trucks working simultaneously on the roads.  Each truck has a predetermined route.  The priority list has variables, which can alter priorities due to weather conditions that can affect the order of roads completed.  The Northern Regional Police Department may notify the Director of Public Works or the Public Works Foreman of a dangerous condition and request immediate attention.  The Township will attempt to reduce hazardous conditions for motorists when possible through adherence to the following road priority guidelines:

Click for the Road Priorities

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