Snow & Ice Removal
The winter months bring unwanted snow and ice that impact the Township. The following tips are provided to help residents during these difficult times:
If you have any issues with the plowing service, please call (215) 357-6800. If you are unable to get a person on the phone, please click here and email the department. We will try and get back to you in a timely manner.
My mailbox was damaged by the snow plow. Who do I contact?
To report a damaged mailbox, contact the Administration Offices at (215) 357-6800. Damaged mailboxes needs to reported within 48 hours.
Here's how the process works:
- If it is determined that a plow hit the mailbox, or was knocked down by snow being expelled from the plow, the Township will attempt to repair the mailbox, and if necessary, provide a temporary mailbox until it can be fixed.
- If the mailbox cannot be fixed, the property owner can choose to either purchase (receipts necessary) or have the Township purchase materials to replace the mailbox and/or post up to a value of $60.00.
- It is the responsibility of the property owner's for all costs of repairs above $60.00.
- *Please note that mailbox damages must be reported within 48 hours.
Participation and Responsibility of Residents:
- Downed branches and trees that are blocking roads will be cleared to the side of the road by Public Works. Those on private property are the responsibility of the resident.
- In the event of a significant snow storm, all on-street parking in the Township is prohibited. This restriction is in effect for a period of 72 hours after the storm.
- Do not park in your driveway with your vehicle overhanging the curb.
- When snow is plowed from the streets onto the ends of driveways, it is the responsibility of the residents to remove that snow from their driveways.
- When snow is plowed from the streets into the areas around mailboxes, it is the responsibility of the residents to remove that snow, thereby allowing the U. S. Postal Service access.
- If you believe that your street was missed during a snow clearing effort, call the department.
- If your mailbox is damaged from plowing, call the department.
Snowstorm and Shoveling Recommendations:
- Shovel snow to the right of your driveway. Piled snow to the right of your driveway will cause that snow to be plowed back into your driveway area.
- Move your vehicles out of the street and into private driveways (this also reduces the amount of snow you have to shovel).
- During any snow emergency, remove your vehicle from the road.
- Wait to shovel your driveway until the plows have completed their final pass along the curb line or edge of pavement. A pass or two through the neighborhood does not mean the township is finished with the snow removal process and your effort to clear driveway entrance might be wasted.
- Clear your sidewalk by shoveling and salting within 24 hours of the last evidence of precipitation.
- Do not throw snow from any sidewalk or driveway into the roadway; it is illegal and you can be cited.
- Keep all receptacles (trash and recycling) on the sidewalk, not in the street.
- If you have an inlet in front of your property, please assist the Township in keeping it clear of snow and ice. This will prevent ice from accumulating and reduce drainage issues when the snow begins to melt.
Snow & Ice Removal for State Roads:
Under an agreement with PennDOT, the Township maintains certain state highways during a snow event. PennDOT, in return allocates money to the Township for snowplowing and ice removal. The only roads that are included in this agreement are:
- Almshouse Road
- Bustleton Pike
- Holland Road
- Jacksonville Road
- Newtown-Richboro Road
- Second Street Pike
All other state highways are maintained by PennDOT. These include:
- Bridgetown Pike
- Bristol Road
- Buck Road
- Chinquapin Road
- Churchville Lane
- Old Bristol Road
- Worthington Mill Road
Private Streets and Undedicated Roads:
Snow removal from private streets is not the responsibility of the Township. It is up to the Homeowners Association or other responsible entity to arrange for snow removal. In the case of undedicated roads, the Township does have the responsibility for providing minimal clearance that guarantees emergency access. In most cases, however, developer agreements provide for Township clearance of such streets whereby the developer is billed for snow removal.