Road Maintenance

The Road Department has (5) full-time employees and a seasonal staff. The Department provides the community with road maintenance and repairs. They are also responsible for storm sewer and drainage work as well as snow and ice removal, street signs, equipment and vehicle maintenance. The township has 40.94 miles of township roads and 26.79 miles of state roads.

Our road crew makes every effort to keep the roads cleared during inclement weather. Main arteries linking development areas to main roads have plowing priority. Housing developments are next. Because cul-de-sacs in a housing plan are not thruways to the majority of motorists or school students within a development, customarily they are given last priority.

The following is a list of roads that are not maintained by Adams Township:

  • Callery Rd. (from Kline Ave. to the Cranberry Twp. line)
  • Crider Rd. (from the intersection with Myoma Rd. to Route 228)
  • Crowe Ave.
  • Kline Ave.
  • Mars-Evans City Rd.
  • Mars-Valencia Rd.
  • Myoma Rd. (from the intersection with Crider Rd. to Mars-Evans City Rd.)
  • Pittsburgh St.
  • Plains Church Rd.
  • Route 228.
  • Three Degree Rd. (from Allegheny Co. line to Adams Community Park)
  • Union Church Rd.
  • Valencia Rd.
  • Warrendale Rd.
  • West Rd.

PennDOT should be contacted at 724-284-8800 for questions or complaints.

Remember:

When the snowflakes start flying, please keep in mind a few do’s & don’ts

  • Do keep access to your mailbox cleared for postal service; this is the responsibility of the resident.
  • Do not shovel snow onto the road.
  • Try not to park on the street during snow removal time.

A truck with a raised plow does not necessarily mean your area has been completed. They may be returning to the garage for fuel, additional materials, assisting in an emergency, etc. The state and county are responsible for state and county roads.

Private roads and private lanes are not the township’s responsibility. If you see a township road condition that needs attention, please call the township road crew at 724-625-1826.

Office Location:

Public Works Building
170 Hutchman Road
Mars, PA 16046
Phone: 724-625-1826
Contact the Public Works Department between the hours of 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 pm

Roads Maintained by State, not Adams Township

The following is a list of roads that are not maintained by Adams Township:

Myoma Road (from the intersection with Crider Road to Mars-Evans City Road)

Crider Road (from the intersection with Myoma Road to Route 228)

Callery Road (from Kline Avenue to the Cranberry Township line)

Mars-Valencia Road

Route 228

Mars-Evans City Road

Union Church Road

Three Degree Road (from the Allegheny County line to the Adams Township Community Park)

Valencia Road

West Road

Pittsburgh Street

Kline Avenue

Crowe Avenue

Warrendale Road

Route 228 Mars Railroad Bridge Project

PennDot is currently working on the bridge replacement and intersection improvements for the Route 228 Bridge over the CSX/B&O railroad with a culvert extension over Breakneck Creek south of Mars Borough in Adams Township.

The contact person for this project is:
Greg Schnur
PennDot Municipal Services Specialist
724-625-2388

Winter Maintenance

Adams Township’s Snow Removal Policy
Our Public Works Department makes every effort to keep the roads cleared during inclement weather. Main arteries linking development areas to main roads have plowing priority. Housing developments are next. Because cul-de-sacs in a housing plan are not thruways to the majority of motorists or school students within a development, customarily they are given last priority.

The following is a list of roads that are not maintained by Adams Township:

  • Myoma Road (from the intersection with Crider Road to Mars-Evans City Road)
  • Crider Road (from the intersection with Myoma Road to Route 228)
  • Callery Road (from Kline Avenue to the Cranberry Township line)
  • Mars-Valencia Road
  • Route 228
  • Mars-Evans City Road
  • Union Church Road
  • Three Degree Road (from the Allegheny County line to the Adams Township Community Park)
  • Valencia Road
  • West Road
  • Pittsburgh Street
  • Kline Avenue
  • Crowe Avenue
  • Warrendale Road

These roads are state maintained. PennDOT should be contacted at 724-284-8800.

When it Snows
When the snowflakes start flying, please keep in mind a few do’s and don’ts:

  • Do keep access to your mailbox cleared for postal service
  • Do not shovel snow onto the road
  • Do not to park on the street during snow removal time.

A truck with a raised plow does not necessarily mean your area has been completed. They may be returning to the garage for fuel, additional materials, assisting in an emergency, etc.

The state and county are responsible for state and county roads. Private roads and private lanes are not the township’s responsibility.

If you see a township road condition that needs attention, please call the Public Works Building at 724-625-1826.

Mailboxes

Adams Township will only repair or replace mailboxes or posts that are actually struck by the plow blade according to the policy that has been adopted by the Board of Supervisors. Usually a paint mark or tire tracks from the truck will be evidence of the mailbox or post actually being hit by the plow.

Adams Township will not repair or replace mailboxes or posts that are damaged or fall over from the force of plowed snow and are not directly hit by the plow.

Mailboxes and supporting posts must be strong enough and installed in such a way to withstand the weight and force of snow removal including the force of snow pushed from the streets onto the side of the road.

Contact the Township office if you have a damaged mailbox and the Public Works Manager will investigate.

Cars Parked on Roads – Do Not Park on the Street

The Adams Township Public Works Department has the responsibility of clearing the Township roads of snow and ice from winter storms. The Public Works Department takes this responsibility seriously since it is for the safety and welfare of our residents and children.

In order to assist the Public Works Department during snow removal, we suggest the following:

  1. Do not park in the street. The snow plows are unable to perform their jobs property with a vehicle in their way.
  2. Do not shovel or plow snow from your driveway or walkway into the street, this creates a hazardous condition for all vehicles. Snow should be shoveled or plowed to the right side of the driveway as you are facing the intersecting roadway. By piling the snow away from the oncoming direction of the snow plows, the snow will not be pushed back onto the driveway.
  3. If your vehicle should become stuck in the snow, do not abandon it in the roadway. Get it moved over to the curb or berm so that snow plows and emergency vehicles can get past it.
  4. When following a salt truck, keep a safe distance. Expect trucks to make sudden stops or turns while in the operation of snow removal.. When calling the Public Works Department or other municipal offices for service, keep messages simple and direct. Be certain to state the problem and its location.
  5. When calling the Public Works Department or other municipal offices for service, keep messages simple and direct. Be certain to state the problem and its location.

Turf Jobs

The Township will repair sod damage that results from the snowplows, but as a rule does not repair private improvements (fences, sprinklers, rock gardens, etc.) installed in the right-of-way. After snow removal operations are complete, this restoration is generally completed in when the weather breaks in the Spring.

Sweep Roads

When Spring arrives and it’s time for the Public Works Department to begin its annual street sweeping program. The program is designed to remove the heavy accumulations of salt, sand and litter that have accumulated over the winter months.

Crack Sealing

Crack Sealing Township Roads

The township roads endure enormous stress and strain. Vehicle tires continually push and pull at paved surfaces. The faster or heavier the vehicle, the more the pavement is compressed and then tensioned. Temperature changes, even those within a 24-hour day, expand and contract the pavement sheet. Traffic and temperature create small surface cracks. Water seeps through the cracks to the base materials and weakens the roadway. More cracks will form and become wider if not repaired.

Crack sealing is an inexpensive routine maintenance treatment that will significantly delay roadway deterioration. The road crew has been applying the sealing material directly into cracks before cracks become too large or before the roadway is subject to the freeze-thaw cycles of our Pennsylvania winters. Flexible rubberized asphalt sealants bond to crack walls and move with the pavement, preventing water from entering the road base. The life of the road is extended and maintenance costs are greatly reduced over time. This treatment also saves money for motorists by reducing vehicle repairs and provides a smoother, safer road.

Paving Schedule

2013 Summer Paving Projects

Several roads are scheduled to be paved this year.

The following list of roads will be paved with cold mix:

Brickyard Road

Fetzer Road

Hespenheide Road

Main Street Ext., including the cul de sac

Penn Street

Stoup Road

The following roads will be paved with hot mix:

Adams Ridge Boulevard

Four Lakes Drive

Treesdale Drive

The Township takes the welfare and safety of all residents and passersby on our roads very seriously. If you see a maintenance issue that needs to be addressed, please do not hesitate to contact the Public Works Department at 724-625-1826.

Road Specifications and Road Opening Guidelines

Regulations and guidelines for Road Opening Utility Cuts.

  1. All right of way surfaces paved and unpaved must be backfilled with #2A modified (crushed Limestone).
  2. Backfill must be compacted in no more than four (4) inch lifts.
  3. The contractor must repair the road opening immediately after backfilling. Cold patch material must be used if final paving cannot be completed after backfilling.
  4. The contractor must repair and maintain the road opening in a safe manner, prior to final paving.
  5. Final paving must be completed before the expiration date of the permit.
  6. The contractor must give the Township (24) hours notice before the start of any work.
  7. The contractor must follow OSHA regulations Subpart P.
  8. All work must meet Township specifications and with the Township inspections persons approval.

Requirements for Closing the Road to Traffic

  1. Only one (1) road crossing shall be under construction at a time.
  2. The road must be opened at the end of the work day.
  3. Signs must be placed at the appropriate locations to notify motorists of an alternate route or work ahead.
  4. The road must be opened to the construction site within a safe distance.
  5. A minimum of seventy two (72) hours notice must be given to:

Public Works Department- 724-625-1826
Adams Township Police-724-625-2040
Fire-724-625-1210,Mars
Fire-724-538-3706, Callery
EMS- 724-625-6400
Adams Township residents that are affected.
Mars Area School District 724-625-1518
Mars Area School Bus Garage 724-625-2032
Mars Post Office 724-625-2590