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The Borough of Denver’s Public Works Department provides snow and ice removal services in the Borough in an area covering approximately 1.1 square miles including 15 miles of streets. These streets include state roads, secondary or feeder streets, cul-de-sacs, and paved alleys.
At the onset of a winter weather event, the Borough first will begin to apply a mixture of road salt and anti-skid material to the Borough’s streets. The road salt and anti-skid application will cease when the snow reaches a depth of approximately two (2) inches with snow continuing to fall. At that time, the Borough will mobilize the snow plows to clear the streets and alleys.
If the winter weather event is projected to be of a short duration, the snow plows will clear the entire street from curb to curb. If the winter weather event is expected to continue for several hours, the plows will clear the center of the roadways to permit emergency vehicles to travel through the Borough. Upon completion of the storm, the snow will be pushed back curb to curb on each of the streets.
The Borough uses the dump truck to plow First Priority Streets such as Main Street, South 4th Street, North 6th Street, and Monroe Street. The Borough’s other two (2) trucks are used to plow Second Priority Street on the north and south sides of town (one truck either side). Following the completion of the plowing of the streets, the Borough will plow snow and ice from alleys. The Borough uses the John Deere Backhoe to clear all cul-de-sacs, to move snow onto piles on Main Street, and to clear snow from the various parking facilities and recreational facilities. The John Deere Tractor and assorted snow blowing equipment is used to clear the Denver Fire Company driveway and apron area and all Borough maintained sidewalks, recreational areas, parking facilities, and crosswalks.
It is the Borough’s intention to meet the needs of the residents and travelers in the Borough by providing safe street conditions before, during, and after a winter weather event. The Borough’s goal is to provide the best service possible in the most efficient manner at the lowest cost to the taxpayers. If during or following a snow and/or ice event you notice an area that may pose a hazard, please contact the Municipal Building at 717-336-2831 or report the concern using the Borough’s website.
As in the past, in order to combat the hazards of snow and ice and to facilitate the safe flow of vehicles during a snow event, a snow emergency in the Borough will be declared in the event of a plowable snow (2 inches or more). The Borough will post the snow emergency information on the Borough's website, Facebook page, and on WGAL Channel 8. The Borough will also use the Borough’s emergency notification system to notify properties located on a snow emergency route when the snow emergency has been declared and/or removed. If you have not already done so, please contact the Municipal Building to register for the Borough's Emergency Notification System.
During the existence of any snow emergency, it shall be unlawful to park a motor vehicle or to allow that vehicle to remain parked on the side of any snow emergency route designated in which parking is prohibited until the snow emergency is removed. It is advised that if you live on one of the designated snow emergency streets listed below you should remove your vehicle from that street at the onset of the storm event. The following streets are designated as snow emergency routes in the Borough of Denver:
As always, if you have any questions, please contact the Municipal Building at 336-2831.
•During a winter weather event, if at all possible, do not park on the street •Wait to shovel snow from the edge of your driveway until the street is plowed the full width. •Do not shovel, plow, or snow blow snow onto the roadway. This is illegal and can cause a dangerous situation for vehicles and pedestrians. •Keep in mind that we are a community and during extreme situation such as a winter weather event, the whole community needs to work together to address the situation.
Borough residents and business owners are reminded that snow and ice must be cleared from sidewalks for a path of at least 30 inches wide within 24 hours after the snow or ice has ceased to fall. As a courtesy, please also consider clearing an area around fire hydrants on your street as well as a path to your water meters. Also, if anyone is interested in helping a senior citizen or disabled resident clear his or her sidewalk or driveway, please contact the Municipal Building at 717-336-2831.