DINGMAN TOWNSHIP, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Last winter’s significant snowfall took a toll on our roads, and the maintenance crews taking care of them. On Thursday, those employees went to school to get ready before the next round of winter weather hits.
Downed trees, no cellphone service, and relentless snow brought big challenges for the Lehman Township Public Works Department.
“We had a bad couple storms there in March, so it was a lot of adjustment just to get to our roads and get them open,” Tim Rohner, Lehman Township Public Works Department, recalls.
The crew attended a free road maintenance workshop in Dingman Township. Rohner adds, “never hurts to learn more.”
The Pike County Conservation District organized the workshop after realizing road maintenance is a big issue, and expense.
“We had an incredible interest in the program, we got a great turnout,” explains Krista Gromalski, Pike County Conservation District.
More than 70 maintenance crew employees from municipalities and private communities attended.
Jean Calabrese is the administrator for Conashaugh Lakes Community Association in Milford. She has 3 employees to maintain 28 miles of road.
She says, “a recent trend I’ve noticed is right when the snow starts falling, people want to know where the plows are.”
A lot of careful planning goes into plowing and salting roads. “Every year we need to plan exactly how much salt we have to purchase and we have to maintain our vehicles,” Calabrese adds.
This workshop also addressed proper drainage methods to help prevent potholes and protect streams.
Gromalski explains, “it’s basically keeping the water clean. Also keeping erosion, sedimentation, and dirt out of the water as well.”
One presenter said Pennsylvania uses about ten-percent of the nations entire road salt supply.