Muhlenberg Township has more than 72 miles of public roadways and 30 cul-de-sacs to maintain. The Township is divided into geographic sections with a plow truck assigned to each section.
At the start of a snow storm, trucks salt hills, intersections and curves first, followed by other hazardous areas as needed. Salt needs traffic to make it most effective, so if it appears to you that areas have not been salted, there may not have been enough traffic yet to activate it.
During plowing operations, drivers are instructed to make one pass in each direction on all streets. The first priority for each storm is to make the major roads passable, followed by the neighborhood streets and cul-de-sacs. After all of the streets are passable, the drivers push snow to the street edges and clean out cul-de-sacs. This operation may not begin until the day following the snow storm because the plow truck drivers may be sent home to get some much needed rest.
Your Snow Removal Responsibilities
• Vehicle Parking: If at all possible, park vehicles off the street in your driveway. Because of the added difficulty with plowing cul-de-sacs, it’s especially important to get all vehicles off of them. If cars are parked in cul-de-sacs it may prevent the plows from clearing a passable area for you and your neighbors.
• Driveways: The Township annually receives complaints about plowing driveways closed or covering sidewalks after a resident has spent hours shoveling them open. Unfortunately, during plowing operations snow is pushed to the right side of the road, regularly blocking driveways and parked cars and occasionally covering sidewalks.
The best way to avoid having to clear snow from your driveway multiple times is to wait until plowing operations are completed before you clean up. If you’d like to get a head start but don’t need to get out of your driveway, consider not shoveling the last six feet toward the street until the plowing operation is complete.
If you need to clear your driveway before plowing is complete, you can minimize the amount of snow plowed into the driveway. Clear not only your driveway out into the street, but also all of the snow at least 10 feet along the street. This will allow plows to unload most of the snow before crossing in front of your driveway.
• Sidewalks: Snow and ice must be cleared from sidewalks within 24 hours after the storm ends. If you can’t completely clear your sidewalk because of ice conditions, treat it with sand or other abrasive material.
• Not Permitted: Don’t throw or blow snow into the streets or alleys. Pile the snow behind the curb line or street edge where it won’t obstruct traffic movement or the Township’s plowing operation.
• Storm Water and Fire Hydrants: You’re required to clear snow around fire hydrants on your property. You can also help minimize flooding by clearing snow from storm sewer catch basins located along your property.
• Before Winter: Please check the position of your mailbox to insure that it doesn’t extend over the edge of the street making it susceptible to plow damage. If your mailbox is damaged by a plow, notify the Township as soon as possible.
Above all, please be patient. If you have a problem, call the Township office at 610-929-4727 between 8 AM and
4:30 PM weekdays. If you receive a recording, leave your name, address, phone number and nature of your concern. After 4:30 PM emergencies only may be reported to the Police Department.