The Highway Department is overseen by the Public Works Superintendent, Bob McNichols and Assistant Public Works Superintendent, Michael L. Yost. In addition to the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, there are twelve full-time workers. The Highway Department is located at 1775 Welsh Road, Mohnton, PA. Mr. McNichols and Mr. Yost can be reached at 610-777-1343 between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
Don’t Miss This Opportunity to Provide Input!
The Berks County Planning Commission would appreciate a few minutes of your time to provide input to PennDOT and the State Transportation Commission regarding transportation issues impacting our County and State.
The State Transportation Commission (STC) and PennDOT have announced the public comment period for the 2023 12-Year Program Update is now open through April 14, 2021. Please take a few minutes to take the survey and share your responses with PennDOT to improve transportation in our County. Completion of the survey is important in that the results are shared with your local planning agencies (in Berks County this is the Reading Area Transportation Study) for incorporation into local plans!
The Highway Department is constantly repairing and maintaining approximately 70 miles of public roads dedicated to the township. A few of the regularly scheduled tasks are:
Permanent repairs, patching, and crack sealing
Shoulder grading, drainage repairs and improvements as needed
Line striping of cart-way, painting of stop bars and handicapped spaces
Cutting of all right-of-ways
Seasonal work including leaf picking, snow plowing, and street sweeping
The Highway Department is responsible for all traffic control signs, signals and markings. To report damaged or missing signs or malfunctioning traffic signals, please contact the Township at (610) 777-1343 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If after hours please call 911.
Street lights have been installed for pedestrian and motorists' safety in developed areas. The Township requires all new developments to install proper street lighting in accordance with the Township?s ordinance. If you see a street light that is not working, please report the location of the light by calling the Township at (610) 777-1343 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Owners, occupants or tenants are required to remove all snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours after it ceases to fall. Snow or ice that cannot be removed without injury to the sidewalks shall be treated with salt, sand or other abrasive material Snow should not be thrown into the streets or alleys but piled at the curb line where it will not impede clearing operations or traffic movement. Snow accumulation of approximately two inches will be treated with salt and cinders. Snowfalls over two inches will be plowed until at least one lane is open on all streets. When the snow has stopped falling, effort will be made to widen the street and use salt/cinders. During plowing operations, snow is pushed to the right side of the road blocking driveways and parked cars. Residents may wish to wait, if possible, until plowing operations are completed before digging open driveways and parked cars. TRUCKS PLOWING SNOW WILL SPREAD SALT AND CINDERS ON THEIR LAST PLOWING RUN ON A ROUTE. Moving from one side of a street to the other side after the snow plow?s first pass will help the street to be cleared and make more parking available on both sides. Residents in built-up areas (driveways, etc.) during plowing operations. Residents can help avoid street flooding by clearing snow from the top of catch basins. Drivers may find that driving a slightly longer route over gradual slopes is better than attempting to drive shorter distances over steep slopes to a destination. Snow plowing operations in rural areas will work to clear and widen roadways while attempting to avoid damaging mailboxes with the plow blade and snow falling from the plow blade. Property owners may find it necessary to remove some snow in front of their mailbox to permit mail delivery vehicles to drive up to the mailbox.
Bridge Weight Restrictions
Below is a link to the most recent list of bridges with weight restrictions through the greater Reading area, courtesy of the Reading Eagle.