Street Department Work
The type of work done at the Streets Department is extensive. The employee could be trimming trees one day and mixing asphalt for our paving crew the next. Our employee talents range from finish carpenter to grader operator, painters to block layers. Some of the jobs we do include:
- Crack Seal
- Storm Sewer
Crack Sealing is the process of filling cracks in the road. It sounds simple. The main consideration of the this procedure is to get loose aggregate and water out of the crack before installing the filler.
The filler material is an asphalt design that is flexible and yet sturdy. The material is transported in a solid composition then heated at the job location into a liquid form. This is then applied into the cracks and excess squeegeed off.
Milling is the procedure of removing one or several layers of old asphalt off the existing road in order to achieve the correct elevation for the new asphalt to be applied. The "milling machine" is supplied by a contractor that has won the bid for that year. The machine and crews supplied are scheduled to come in for usually a week of intense milling. Many township trucks must be supplied to haul the material away from the machine to a stockpile. The speed of the machine and distance traveled constitutes a need for many trucks.
Benefits of Milling
The benefits of milling include:
- Repair of the pavement profile (shaping the road to get the water to move in the desired direction)
- Repairing ruts and wash boarding
The material (millings) are stockpiled and used in a number various manners including:
- Backfilling storm sewer ditches
- Berming the sides of roads
- Filling in washouts
- New road base
Additionally, this material (old asphalt) has been a nuisance to be disposed of due to environmental regulations. Now it is an asset with a substantial dollar value.
In our ever growing world the needs of the many constantly change, and with these changes comes a need for direction. So who do we trust with this guidance? The Sign Man. We as a community are so use to seeing signs along our travel ways we don't often realize that most signs are directing us without our concise attention.
Sign Department Responsibilities
The sign department does much more than just putting up signs. Responsibilities of the sign foreman also include:
- Petitioning for ordinances
- Sight angle inspections
- Supplying special signs for our residents
- Traffic studies
- And more
Yearly hundreds of tax dollars are spent on installing new and repairing existing signs. Vandalism is a great problem in certain areas of the township and should be reported immediately to the Millcreek Police Department at 814-833-7777.
In the ever increasing battle with water, produced mostly from the rainy climate, Millcreek Township is constantly installing new and refurbishing old, storm sewer lines.
Ongoing Maintenance & New Designs
This ongoing maintenance problem has been increased with the escalating grow in our township. New techniques are being developed on a regular basis. Changes in pipe design, street design, and water shed management all help to alleviate this increasing situation.
Crews & Foreman
The Streets Department have crews constantly monitoring potential water problem areas. Also there is a foreman on call 24/7 if the need arises to call a crew in on off scheduled hours.
If you have an emergency please call 814-833-4527 during normal working hours or the Police Department at 814-833-7777 on off hours.