Director of Public Works
BRIDGE REPLACEMENT ON RTE 322 AT SUGAR’S BRIDGE ROAD
PennDOT began preparations along Rte 322 at Sugar’s Bridge Road (between East and West Bradford Townships) in November 2018. A new bridge has been constructed just south of the current location and is now being used, but new road alignments have yet to be completed. Completion is tentatively scheduled for spring of 2020. In addition, the abandoned section of roadway will be converted to a parking lot to serve the Brandywine Trail and the new bridge will have adequate clearance for the Trail to pass underneath Rt 322 at some point in the future (refer to the site plan). The anticipated date of that completion is April 2021.
BRIDGE REHABILITATION -LENAPE ROAD (RT. 52) IN BIRMINGHAM TOWNSHIP
Beginning Monday, August 19, 2019 through May, 2020 Lenape Road will be closed between Creek Road and Pocopson Road (Birmingham Township) at the Brandywine Picnic Park. The 1912 bridge over the Brandywine will be rehabilitated during that period and traffic will be detoured over Birmingham Road to Rt. 926 (Street Road ) to Route 52. Please see the attached press release.
Priority. During an ice/snow storm, the Township uses a three-tier operation. The entire route is covered if the precipitation remains light. If the storm intensifies the trucks will stay on priority roads. Cul-de-sac streets and minor roads will not be done unless the priority roads can be kept open. If a storm intensity reaches a level that makes it difficult to maintain, even a portion of a route, the trucks will maintain only the priority roads. During freezing rain and sleet events, anti-skid operations continue until precipitation stops. Snow plowing operations start usually after 2-3 inches of snow have accumulated on road surfaces.
Parking. During snow emergencies parking is prohibited along Township roadways until the roadway has been pushed back to its full width. Failure to comply may cause your vehicle to be ticketed and towed. If a snow emergency is declared by the Township, it will be placed on the website.
Driveways. When shoveling your driveway, leave the last six feet of your drive unshoveled until the plowing has ceased. This unshoveled part will allow the snow being pushed by the plow to remain on the plow and not dumped into your drive. If you must shovel out your drive, clear a six foot area of the road that is directly in front of the mouth of your drive. In addition, clear an area ten feet before and after the mouth of your drive, so that when the plow comes through, it will unload snow that it is pushing in the cleared area and not in the mouth of our drive.
Mailboxes. Often the force of the snow coming off of the snow plow blade will cause an unsecured mailbox to come off its post or a rotted post to break off. This is not caused by the plow actually hitting the box or post, but by the weight of the snow itself. If the snow plow physically hits and damages the mailbox and or post, we will reimburse for mailbox and or post with the same type, up to a maximum cost of $100. If the snow discharged from the plow damages the box and or post, the property owner is responsible for the repairs or replacement. Resident must report any claim for damage to the Township within three (3) business days of the snow event.
AREA ROAD WORK
This summer the Township completed its annual road projects on portions of Skelp Level Road, Frank Road, North Creek Road, and Sconnelltown Road. However, there are a number of other projects planned in the surrounding area that could impact residents:
- PennDOT will start working on the Boot Road Bridge over the Amtrak line this fall with actual construction slated to begin in the spring of 2019. The work is expected to take about one year (spring 2020). This project will also include improvements to the Boot Road / Quarry Road intersection.
- Downingtown Borough is slated to begin work on the Chestnut Street Bridge this fall; it should be closed for about one year.
ROADS IN THE TOWNSHIP
There are 72.17 miles of roads in the Township; 54.7 miles are Township roads and 18.4 miles are State highways. Township roads are maintained by the Township Public Works Department. The Department is responsible for resurfacing, patching, signs, storm water drainage, and snow removal. Questions about Township roads should be directed to Public Works at 610-436-5108. Questions regarding State highways should be directed to the PA Department of Transportation Chester County Maintenance Office at 484-340-3200. To report any kind of problem on a state-maintained road, e.g. pothole, dead deer, or low hanging tree limbs, you can efficiently do so online at customercare.penndot.gov. It will ask for specific information, location, and your contact information to report back to you.
FORMS & APPLICATIONS
Forms pertaining to roadways are provided below. They can also be accessed from the Docs & Forms Page.
The Township’s storm drainage system is very important to keeping runoff from flooding roadways and damaging property. The inlets in the streets are interconnected by piping. The inlets discharge to larger pipes, ditches/swales, or streams. Eventually all of our runoff ends up in the Brandywine Creek, which drains into the Delaware River.
Maintenance is critical to the proper operation of the stormwater management (SWM) system. Inlets are spaced along a roadway at low points in order to efficiently collect rainwater. It is important that inlets remain free and clear of leaves and other debris. If the inlet is clogged and not accepting runoff, the Public Works Department should be notified at 610-436-5108. Similarly drainage ditches and swales must also be kept clear of debris.
Visit the Stormwater Page for more information.