Public Works



Please be responsible when encountering any part of the public works department on the roadway.  This may include designated ‘Work Area’ mobile procedures like mowing or ditching of roadways or other vehicles with caution lights blinking to warn of work at that location.  We value the safety of our workers and would appreciate your consideration. 

From the Desk of the Director of Roads, Parks and Grounds
Because of our community's increasing growth, the Township Road Department is also experiencing a growth in responsibility for the maintenance and improvement of Township roads and drainage ways.  We are continuing to upgrade our roads in a timely fashion, while discreetly using Township funds.
Therefore, we ask for your assistance in curtailing the vandalism of road signs and the amount of litter found on Township roadsides.  If residents observe the perpetrators of these deeds, please contact the East Vincent Township Police Department.
During the winter months, it is unlawful to park, abandon, or allow to be parked or abandoned, any motor vehicle or other vehicle on any Township highway, street, road or right-of-way two (2) hours after the start of a continuous snow fall and until the snow has stopped falling and the snow has been completely plowed for the full width of the cartway (Ordinance #154).  Following a snowstorm, it is advisable to plow or shovel the snow to the right side of your driveway to reduce the amount of snow the plow trucks return into your driveway.  Please avoid plowing and shoveling snow from driveways and sidewalks onto Township roads.  Remember to clear around nearby fire hydrants and your mailbox.  Residents living in areas without curbed streets are encouraged to place marking stakes along their road front to assist plow operators in locating the edge of roadways.
If you see a potential problem, please do not hesitate to call the Township office.  Drive carefully and obey all road signs and driving regulations.  Remember, the life you save may be your own!

Help Us Find You
Help the Emergency Responders find you in an emergency.  Most often the biggest delay for Emergency Service Personnel arriving at a scene, is because they cannot locate the address.  This can be remedied by placing your address on your house, mailbox, or other permanent object visible from the road, using three-inch by two-inch reflective numbers.  This procedure is governed under Township Ordinance #117.
Mailbox Installation
Top to bottom height should measure 40 inches extending from grade level.

Mailboxes cannot extend over the curb or over the edge of the roadway paving.
House numbers must be placed on both sides of rural mailboxes.
House numbers should be reflective (gold is not recommended), be a minimum of three inches high and spaced adequately apart.

The Township is not responsible for mailbox damage caused by snow thrown from the plow.

The Chip Seal Process
The "chip seal" or "oil and chip" process serves several purposes; first to seal the roadway of small cracks which will let the water enter the base of the roadway where damage will ultimately occur.  This process is typically done around ten to fifteen years from new or when there are too many cracks to seal by hand with rubberized material.

Secondly, adding the oil (asphalt) to the existing road material helps revitalize the brittle road surface, adding many more years of usable life to the roadway.

Thirdly, the stones then act as a buffer to keep traffic from picking up the oil and also create a new wearing surface.

Two coats are typically done with a 1/2" stone on the bottom course and a smaller 1/4" stone on the top layer.  The material is rolled with both a rubber tired roller and a steel drum roller for proper compaction and a smoother finished surface.

Sweeping is usually done within 1 week after the application to remove any loose stones.

This is the proper way to save a roadway without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cost of milling along all of the curbs and repaving the roads when sealing will suffice.

A good example of this process can be seen on Marcel Avenue, Freed Avenue, Wright Avenue and Kenneth Avenue.  These streets are located in a development between Hill Church Road and Mennonite Church Road.  This work was done in 2007.