Public Works


About public works


Responsibilities

The Lower Nazareth Township Public Works Department strives to maintain safe and clean parks, streets and open spaces. The Department is responsible for street paving, park maintenance, leaf collection, snow removal, street cleaning and the yard waste recycling program.

Lower Nazareth Public WorksThe Department currently has a full time staff of six (6) with two (2) seasonal staff people.

There are 55.8 miles of roads in Lower Nazareth Township. The Township is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of 41.5 of those miles with the remainder being State roads. In addition, the township also owns and maintains 15 traffic signals. The signals are under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The Department makes every effort to provide top quality, professional, effective, and timely services to residents and businesses. We do this by focusing on teamwork and cultivating a good relationship with our constituents, thus improving our image and maintaining the community’s trust. The Department is dedicated to providing a safe, cost-effective roadway system, including all related structures and facilities that improve the quality of life for the residents and visitors of the township.

The Department cleans, inspects, paves, repairs and manages snow and ice removal on Township roadways. They also address storm water runoff by repairing, cleaning and installing catch basins and drainpipes.

We are committed to the further enhancement and safe-guarding of our township roads and facilities.

Long range goals and objectives

  • To implement a rehabilitation program of various roadways throughout the Township. Included in this program and of high priority are roads in some of our older subdivisions. These roads were constructed many years ago and have outlived their useful life. Although various preventative maintenance techniques were utilized on these roads, their ultimate demise could not be prevented.
  • This program will span approximately 5 years. We will be attempting to have the work performed in a logical manner, rehabilitating the worst roads first.road project 2009
  • To enhance our roadside brush and tree trimming maintenance program for all right-of-ways on all Township roads. By doing this, our roadways will be safer to travel and help with costs of overtime.
  • Continue the preventative road maintenance program that is currently in place.
  • Continue to keep up with our 10-year vehicle maintenance and replacement program.

 

Contact Information

You can reach the Public Works Department by dialing 610-759-7436 or by email at publicworks@lowernazareth.com. Please include your name, address and phone number in all correspondence.

Mailing Address: Lower Nazareth Township, Public Works Department, 623 Municipal Drive, Nazareth, PA 18064

Physical Address: Lower Nazareth Township, Public Works Department, Maintenance Garage, 623 Municipal Drive, Nazareth, PA 18064

Programs


Clean Up Day

Township Recycling Facility

Please view information about Clean-up Day under our Recycling tab.

Projects


ROAD IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT

Road Improvement Project

June 2016 – Lower Nazareth Township is about to embark on a significant road improvement project. The project will involve the reconstruction and resurfacing of West Locust Lane/ Locust Lane beginning at Pine Drive and ending at Hemlock Lane, and Larch Lane, Spruce Drive and Pine Drive in their entirety.

August 29, 2016 – Work commences.

September 6, 2016 – Phase I of the project should wrap up early next week. Phase 2 will begin soon thereafter. Estimated project completion date is on or about September 27th.

September 13, 2016 – Phase III: Paving is anticipated to begin on Monday September 19th. *** Paving delayed due to weather ***

September 21, 2016 – Phase III: Paving will begin today. We will begin the paving program on Spruce and Larch. The third phase, which is the wearing course, will be a hot mix asphalt paving material with 19 mm aggregate. The larger stone will provide additional strength to the roadway. This material will be installed in the conventional method with which we are all familiar. It is our intent that the finish pavement grade of the reconstructed roads will be consistent with the current pavement elevation. There may, however, be minor elevation changes evident at the end of the project. Every effort will be made to maintain the existing elevations except in those areas where it is determined that grade changes are warranted.

September 29, 2016 – Paving continues into next week. Barring any additional weather delays or mechanical breakdowns we hope to finish at the end of next week or early the following week. *** Paving delayed due to weather ***

October 10, 2016 – Paving continues today. Barring any additional weather delays or mechanical breakdowns we hope to finish early this week.

Click the link(s) below for more information:

Letter to affected residents
Project Map
USPS Mailbox Guidelines

 

Snow removal


Snow Emergency Ordinance #122 makes it unlawful to park, or leave unattended, any vehicle anywhere along a street or highway within the Township; blow or deposit snow in or on any roadway within the Township during a declared Snow Emergency. Although this ordinance applies only during a declared Snow Emergency, the restrictions contained within the ordinance should be adhered to during any winter storm. By doing so, it will allow the Public Works Department to expedite the task of snow removal and therefore, benefit the residents of Lower Nazareth Township.
Lower Nazareth Snow Removal
Look for snow emergency declaration through the following news and weather outlet:

www.wfmz.com

Plowing operations: It is the Township’s policy to first plow the main roads and then the secondary or development roads. This procedure helps to facilitate the flow of higher volumes of traffic and also allows emergency vehicles access to the entire Township as quickly as possible.

Shoveling tips: When clearing your driveway, place the shoveled snow on the side of your driveway opposite the direction of the plow. If possible, try to clear an area next to the road, before your driveway. This will provide an area for the snow from the plow to pile up so it does not fall in your driveway.

Lower Nazareth Snow RemovalSafety tips: Do not allow children to play in or near the streets any time during or after a winter storm. Kids in forts or just standing along the road may not be visible to the plow operator or other vehicles. Also, do not allow anyone to throw snow or other objects at the plows or other vehicles as it may cause an accident.

Save your lawn: In certain areas, primarily curves and areas without mailboxes, it is very difficult for the plow operator to distinguish between the road and lawn areas. We advise residents to place aluminum or fiberglass flexible reflectorized markers (available at your home improvement store) at these prone locations to assist the operator in locating the lawns. This will significantly reduce the damage done to your lawn and the amount of repairs we need to make in the spring.

ATV / snowmobiles: It’s mandatory for all ATV and snowmobile owners to register their vehicles. In addition, both ATV and snowmobile owners must carry liability insurance, except for those used solely on the owner’s property for farming or business use. Please respect your neighbor’s property and only ride on the lands in which you have permission to ride. Keep in mind that ATVs and snowmobiles are noisy and may be disturbing to your neighbors. Please respect those around you and operate these vehicles at reasonable hours.

Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated during the winter weather!

Mailbox damage: It is the Township’s policy to reimburse property owners, up to $25, for mailbox damage only when the mailbox is actually damaged by the plow or truck. No reimbursement will be paid when damage occurs from snow discharge by the plow. We will evaluate each occurrence of mailbox damage individually. Please contact the Township Office if your mailbox is damaged as a result of snow removal operations.

Click here to download Mailbox Damage Request for Reimbursement Form