The Public Works Department of East Rockhill Township consists of Director Jeff Scholl and three full-time employees. The department is responsible for sustaining the infrastructure of East Rockhill Township. Public Works is responsible for maintaining 37 miles of roadway keeping the roads clear, smooth and safe. The Public Works Department is also responsible for maintaining parks and open space, public sewer system treatment plant and pump station, storm drains and inlets, mowing, fall leaf collection, spring yard waste collection, street tree trimming, 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.
Driveway Pipe Replacement
Public Works Department will install up to four driveway pipes each year. The driveway must be located on a Township-owned road; cost is materials, plus an installation fee according to the current fee schedule. If you are interested in using this service, contact the Township requesting the installation. An agreement will be mailed to you with notification of the estimated material cost, and an invoice sent after the work is completed. If you choose to hire a contractor to install a driveway pipe, a Road Occupancy permit is required.
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
Dates are posted on the Township homepage and Spring newsletter for the collection of the Spring Yard Waste which typically occurs the last week of May. Tree limbs and branches are to be placed in neat piles at the edge of the road or driveway. LIMB SIZE is restricted to four to six feet lengths no greater than five inches in diameter. PILES for pick-up are limited to four feet wide, four feet high and six feet long.
In November the collection of leaves begins with dates posted on the Township homepage and Fall newsletter. The Township is divided into 4 sections. Leaves must be raked into neat piles along property road frontage no later than 7:00 am on the first day of collection for your section. Once the machine passes, the road is done and does not return for a second pass.
When calling in a pothole repair request, it helps to know if which entity maintains the road. Call PennDOT at 215-345-6060 to report a pothole on a state road within East Rockhill. Call or email East Rockhill Public Works to report a pothole on a Township-owned 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 five trucks equipped with snow plows and antiskid/de-icing spreaders. All crew members attend a full-day workshop on winter road maintenance, plowing techniques, and river safety each year.
During any snow fall or ice storm, all walking trails and sidewalks owned and maintained by East Rockhill Township, are considered "Low Level Priority" for snow removal. This means that once all roadways in the Township are open and clear of snow and ice, the Public Works Department will then remove the snow and ice off of walking trails and sidewalks.
When a snow emergency has been declared as announced on twitter and real-time news notification (email alert) it shall be unlawful for any person to park a motor vehicle or allow one to remain parked anywhere on any snow emergency route. The snow emergency route includes:
- Greenleaf Circle
- Bryant Drive
- Sunnyside Lane
- Buck Drive
- Campus Drive
- Deer Run Road
- Pine Court
- Fifth Street (borough line to Schwenkmill Road)
PennDOT Snow Removal
PennDOT provides snow removal service on the following state roads in East Rockhill:
- Fifth Street
- Mountain View Drive
- Old Bethlehem Road
- Ridge Road (Route 563)
- Route 313
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.
- 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.