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The objective of the York Township Department of Public Works winter maintenance program is to provide safe roads to the traveling public.


We divided all Township roads into 18 sections or routes.  An operator with pre-determined equipment is assigned to one of these 18 routes.  The majority of the time this is the standard deployment, however depending on the conditions we may only deploy 6 operators to treat the snow emergency roads or what is designated as the priority routes.  Snow emergency roads are posted with signs and are designated as such due to factors of high traffic volume, steep grades, or close proximity to the Schools, Police, Fire and Medical Facilities.

Prior to the storm you may notice the pretreating of certain priority roads with liquid brine.  The brine is a specific concentration (23.3 %) of sodium chloride that lowers the freezing point of water.  Although we would like to pre-treat all of our roads, it’s just not possible due to the time it takes. New this season is the addition of a third pretreat vehicle. When appropriate we plan to pretreat all of the snow emergency routes with liquid brine.


On rare occasions a snow emergency will be declared.  The initial focus will be on the priority roads.  The snow emergency declaration will be broadcast on the local radio and television stations and will be posted on the York Township website.  Again, all snow emergency streets are identified with signage.  After the snow emergency is declared, it shall be unlawful at any time during the continuance of the emergency for any person:

  1. To park a motor vehicle or to allow that vehicle to remain parked anywhere on any snow emergency routes designated; or
  2. To operate a motor vehicle on any such snow emergency route in such a manner or in such a reasonable condition as to allow or permit such vehicle to become stalled on such route, either by reason of the fact that the driving wheels of such vehicle are not equipped with tire chains or effective tires or by reason of the fact that the motor fuel supply of such vehicle has been allowed to become exhausted.

Please be aware that failure to abide by the above is a violation of a Township ordinance and may result in fines and / or towing costs.  For a complete listing of the streets and a full text of the ordinance please visit the Township web site.


Many roads within York Township ware maintained by PennDOT.   These roads include: Interstate 83, South Queen, Leader Heights, South George, Tyler Run, Old Baltimore Pike, Grantley, Springwood, Camp Betty Washington, Reynolds Mill, Cape Horn, Iron Stone Hill, Winterstown, Days Mill, Hollywood, Brillhart Station, South Duke, South Franklin, Horn, Hess Farm (a portion), Country Club, Lombard, South Pleasant, Indian Rock Dam, & East Prospect.  PennDOT uses their policies and procedures for winter maintenance.  Please contact the local PennDOT maintenance office at 848-6230 for assistance.


York Township will not compensate property owners should their mailbox, or any other object become damaged due to the removal of snow from Township roads. Any object placed in the road right-of-way, including a mailbox, fence, landscaping, etc. is placed there at the owner’s risk.  The public right of way is on average 50 feet wide (25 feet from the center of the roadway).

It is suggested that you wait until after all plowing is complete before shoveling out the end of your driveway.  If you do shovel out before the plows have come thru try to clear a spot upstream of your driveway.  This will allow the snow from the plow to unload before the driveway.  It won’t prevent all snow from going back in front of your driveway but it will reduce the amount.  The snow must be plowed from the street, therefore all driveways and properties will be affected to some degree.


 New roads added to our list of more than 120 lane miles of roads are the final phase of Meadow Cross Way and Woodspring Dr. Also Clairian Dr. and Emiray Ct in the Fountain Head development are new roads this year. It takes time to get to all these roads safely.  Considering the 80 plus cul –de –sacs and several hundred intersections makes it even more time consuming.  Please be patient.   Each and every storm is different, however the only constant is our response.  You can find links to plow routes and maps by visiting the public works area on the York Township web site thru out the Township.

 Street Cleaning

Street cleaning usually gets started soon after winter maintenance ends.  It is a continuous process that does not end until all streets (except state roads) have been cleaned.

Brush Recycling

Brush is defined as tree limbs, shrubbery and the like no larger than 8” in diameter.  York Township accepts brush from Township residents as part of our recycling efforts.

The drop off site is located at the Township Campus beyond the gate between the two signs.  Please enter from Oak Road.  Do not enter from Coventry Road for this is a restricted area for Township employees only.

The site will be opened for self-serve (unassisted) use only for 4 consecutive days in the months of November, December, January and February.   It starts the first full weekend of the month beginning on the first Friday at 7:30am closing at 3pm on the following Monday. All drop offs will be unassisted.  Daily hours are dawn to dusk.

January 5, 2018@ 7:30am thru January 8, 2018@ 3:00pm

February 2, 2018@ 7:30am thru February 5, 2018@ 3:00pm

November 2, 2018@ 7:30am thru November 5, 2018 @ 3:00pm

December 7, 2018@ 7:30am thru December 10, 2018@ 3:00pm

During the months of March thru October the drop off site will be open for 15 consecutive days beginning on the first Monday of the month at 7:30 am ending on the third Monday at 3:00 pm. All drop offs will be unassisted. Daily hours are dawn to dusk.

March 5, 2018@ 7:30am thru March 19, 2018@ 3:00pm.

April 2, 2018@ 7:30am thru April 16, 2018@ 3:00pm

May 7, 2018@ 7:30am thru May 21, 2018@ 3:00pm

June 4, 2018@ 7:30am thru June 18, 2018@ 3:00pm

July 2, 2018@ 7:30am thru July 16, 2018@ 3:00pm

August 6, 2018@ 7:30am thru August 20, 2018@ 3:00pm

September 3, 2018@ 7:30am thru September 17, 2018@ 3:00pm

October 1, 2018@ 7:30am thru October 15, 2018@ 3:00pm

We ask that you participate in this program responsively by not dumping unlawful items at the site.  Examples are garbage, metals, concrete, lumber, stumps, stones, grass clippings etc.

All other material and items you see beyond the gate are for Township use only and is not meant for the general public to use or take.  If you see a violation please report it to the Township or York Area Regional Police Department.  The site is under constant video surveillance.

Public Works will process the brush into mulch which will be made available to Township residents free of charge. The mulch pile is located in front of the gate (left side).    DO NOT Drive past the gate when the site is closed as indicated by the red sign on the left gate.  Mulch may not be available at all times.  The mulch availability and the times and dates of brush recycling is subject to change at Township discretion.


 Waste Oil Collection

Waste oil may be dropped off at the Public Works Service Building M-F from 7:30am -3:00pm. Please do not drop off oil after hours.


If you observe what would appear to be an emergency with sanitary sewers, roadways or storm water facilities, please call the Public Works Department from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday at 741-3861 ext.170. After these hours or on weekends & holidays dial 911.                     

Check our website at or call the Public Works Department at 741-3861 ext.170. for questions or concerns.

 Street Cut Permit

Click on the link for the York Township Department of Public Works Application / Permit to Excavate within the Public Right Of Way. 2016 Street cut permit form




 Construction and Material Specs 2015

Contact Public Works Department

717-741-3861 ext.170


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