Hazardous Road Conditions
The Public Works Department is committed to keeping Township roads as safe and as passable as possible during the winter months.
When snow begins to fall, the Township applies a brine solution to the roadway surface to prevent the formation of ice. Our Public Works team then works to plow the roadways, following specific routes that aim to clear emergency routes and high-priority roads first. For safety reasons cul-de-sacs and other secondary roads are not plowed until all emergency routes and high-priority roads are passable.
Please Note: The Township does not plow private roadways, roadways not yet dedicated to the Township, and State-owned roadways. Frequently traveled roadways such as Valley Forge Road, Skippack Pike, Water Street Road, Township Line Road, and Stump Hall Road are maintained by the Commonwealth.
Who Plows My Road?
Know Before You Call
Each public road in Worcester Township is owned and maintained by either the Township, Montgomery County or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition, there are many roads that are privately owned and maintained (often by a homeowners' association).
Want to know who maintains a certain road? Refer to the Roadway Classification Guide below.
Reminders & Tips for Snow Removal
- Remove vehicles from the roadway until the roadway is cleared. Vehicles parked on the roadway hamper snow removal operations, and vehicles parked on emergency routes may be towed.
- Wait until the roadway is cleared before shoveling your driveway, sidewalk and mailbox area. But if you must clear these areas sooner, please know Township trucks will likely throw snow back onto your property when plowing the road.
- Refrain from shoveling snow into the roadway. Pushing snow from your driveway or sidewalk into the roadway creates a safety hazard and could cause an accident. Property owners may be held responsible for accident damages.
- Prepare your vehicle for winter driving. And if you are too nervous about driving on snow and ice, don’t drive. Share a ride with a neighbor, or wait until the roadways are cleared before traveling.
- Plows travel in the same direction as normal traffic flow, sometimes pushing snow at the end of residents' driveways. To minimize the amount of snow pushed in front of your driveway, put shoveled snow on the right side of the driveway.
Mailboxes installed in the public right-of-way are at installed at the property owners' risk. Please ensure the mailbox is installed in accordance to the specifications of the United States Postal Service.
Worcester Township will reimburse a property owner for a portion of the cost to replace a mailbox only when the mailbox is struck by the plow blade or the truck. The Township does not provide reimbursement for damage caused by snow, ice and other debris that is thrown from the plow blade. Of course, the Township is only responsible for damages caused by Township vehicles operating on Township-owned roadways only.
If your mailbox is struck by the plow blade or the truck, please report this to the Township immediately. During normal business hours call the Township Building at (610) 584-1410. If the Township Building is closed, or if it's after business hours, e-mail your name, property address and contract information to firstname.lastname@example.org.