About

Responsibilities

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.

The Department currently has a full-time staff of eleven (11).

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 stormwater runoff by repairing, cleaning, and installing catch basins and drainpipes.

We are committed to the further enhancement and safeguarding of our township roads and facilities.

goals

& objectives

Goals & Objectives

Public Works

Contact information

Public Works Contact information

You can reach the Public Works Department by dialing 610-759-7434 or by email at publicworks@lowernazareth.com. Please include your name, address, and phone number in all correspondence.

Main Office

Lower Nazareth Township,
Public Works Department,
623 Municipal Drive,
Nazareth, PA 18064
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What is an

MS4

Program ?

What is an MS4 Program?

Municipalities throughout the country are under federal mandate to develop a storm water management program to reduce pollution impacts from stormwater runoff. An MS4 is made up of drainage systems including streets, catch basins, curbs, gutters, ponds, ditches, man– made channels and storm pipes owned by a state, county, city, town, township, borough or other public entity. Polluted runoff is often transported through municipal drainage systems until it eventually discharges into streams, lakes, and rivers used for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water. This water is not treated or cleaned in any way and does not go to a wastewater treatment plant. If you like to fish, swim or boat, pollutants will affect you.

MS4 programs are intended to improve our nation’s surface waters by reducing the quantities of pollutants that are picked up by runoff and transported into the storm sewer systems during rainfall events. As part of the MS4 Program, municipalities hold a permit to discharge stormwater into local waterways. Lower Nazareth Township was issued an MS4 permit through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. This permit requires Lower Nazareth Township to implement and maintain a stormwater management program that (1) reduces the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent possible; (2) protects water quality; and (3) satisfies the water quality requirements of the Federal Clean Water Act.

The 6 Elements

Minimum Control Measures

The 6 Elements. Minimum Control Measures.

The MS4 program has (6) elements termed “Minimum Control Measures” that when implemented should result in significant reduction in pollutants discharged into receiving waters. The (6) minimum control measures include the following:

6 Elements

Clean

Waterways

Clean Waterways

Lower Nazareth Township is actively involved in a variety of programs and initiatives to meet various statewide and national goals for clean water, but township residents have a role to play as well. Working together, we will have a positive impact on our water system and our environment and the water that we all need. Keep your eyes out for more information in future newsletters, on our website, and public meetings as we continue to work our way toward developing a program to keep pollution out of our waterways.

MS4 Program Important Links

Making Prevention Easier

2020 Road

Rehabilitation

Project

2020 Road Rehabilitation Project

Project Updates

Snow

Emergency

Ordinance #122

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.

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.

Safety 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.

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