To free up additional staff for road-clearing work in anticipation of yet another snow/ice storm overnight and into Wednesday morning, Lower Merion Township will suspend all trash and recycling pick-up for the day on Wednesday. Weather permitting, crews will report to work on Saturday, February 8th, to collect the trash and recycling of residents who have Wednesday collection days.
“This is a safety issue, coming on the heels of the significant snowfall on Monday,” said Bob Duncan, Acting Township Manager. “Having additional refuse staff help with snow- and ice-clearing operations will get the streets and sidewalks cleared faster, and free up traffic lanes and roadways for emergency services purposes.”
For the remainder of the week, residents and businesses with rear-yard and rear-alley pickup are asked to bring all trash and recycling to the curb. All driveways and walkways must otherwise be cleared of ice and snow for the safety of Township refuse workers.
The snow emergency declared by the Township on Monday morning remains in effect through Wednesday and until further notice. The declaration alerts residents to:
Not park in cul-de-sacs and on emergency snow routes
Park on the even sides of the street in 2014
The Township’s Public Works Department can be reached directly at (610) 645-6150 during normal work hours (610) 667-1590, ext 709 after hours). Messages left with other Township offices may result in delayed information about streets in need of attention.
The Township’s Emergency Management Team reminds residents that:
Snow plowed from driveways into streets and the right-of-way is prohibited, and unsafe to neighbors and other motorists – owners will be cited by Police.
Residents are asked to “Adopt a Fire Hydrant” during and after snow and ice accumulation. Shoveling snow and ice away from hydrants gives firefighters constant access in case of emergency. Heavy snow and ice leads to more electrical fires.
Residents are also asked to “Adopt an Inlet.” It is very important that snow be removed from blocked storm sewer inlets to reduce the risk of flooding during periods of rain.
Snow emergency routes are identified by red and white signs. For a list of snow emergency routes, please call the Public Works Department at (610) 645-6150.
It takes about 18 hours to plow all Township streets after the accumulation of snow and ice stops. For questions regarding plowing operations, please call (610) 667-1590, ext 709.
Announcements regarding any possible delays or closures for Township facilities will be made Wednesday morning. Snow plows and road crews, in addition to trash and recycling teams, will remain on the job.
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