Crosswalk painting is seasonal activity that occurs through the Spring and Summer as weather permits.
As part of a consent order issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), the Borough of Swissvale is required to have yearly street sweeping from April 1st through November 1st in order to limit pollutants entering into the storm sewer system.
The Borough of Swissvale's leaf collection operates from the first week in November for approximately five weeks or until significant snowfall requires converting trucks for plowing and salting operations. Leaf collection follows the posted street sweeping schedule.
This service is for the collection of leaves only. Swissvale uses a high-powered leaf vacuum and mulching machine which simultaneously collects and mulches the leaf waste before it enters the collection container on the truck. The fine blades in the mulching mechanism can be damaged by other yard waste, grass clippings, twigs and dirt. Leaf piles which contain a large amount of material other than leaves will not be collected.
Leaves must be raked to the edge of the street by 7 am on collection day. Due to the heavy volume of leaves each fall, the collection vehicle can only make one pass on each side of the street and cannot return for leaves that were not at the curb prior to collection.
Winter Road Maintenance
Department of Public Works employees are on call 24 hours per day/seven days a week during the winter season to keep the roads passable for motorists. When snow and ice conditions are predicted, DPW employees work alternative schedules to ensure a quick response time to the winter storms.
During snow and ice storms, the Department of Public Works would like to offer the following suggestions to expedite road maintenance and minimize damage to parked vehicles:
- Utilize driveways, garages or other off-street parking when snow and ice are predicted.
- Park as close to the curb as possible.
- Fold in the mirror on the street side of your vehicle.
- Do not throw or blow snow from sidewalks or driveway onto the road.
Following these suggestions will assist the Department of Public Works in keeping the roads clear of snow and ice throughout the winter season.