Public Works Department (Streets)

St. Marys is a large area containing approximately 94.8 square miles. The Street Crew maintains 220 city roads and streets totaling approximately 75.57 miles. This includes both paved and dirt roads. They also maintain numerous city owned parking lots, the parking garage, parking meter areas, and sidewalks. In addition, the crew performs various programs throughout the year including the spring clean up days, road paving, leaf pickup, road grading, street sweeping and line painting.

Office Information

Telephone number: (814) 781-8453

FAX: (814) 834-1304

Office Hours: Monday through Friday – 7:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.



Leaf Program

In the fall of each year, the leaf program starts with the Street Department’s vacuum machine picking up leaves that are raked to the curb or berm. Leaves are not to be raked into the curb gutters or ditches. The roads and streets designated follow the “recycling area” that is set up in the City of St. Marys. There are approximately 160 roads and streets broken up into four areas that fall under the program. Branches, garbage, garden debris, tree limbs and and other materials left in piles will not be accepted by the vacuum. Leaves should be ready for pickup on the Monday of the week your street or road is scheduled. Again, garden debris, tree limbs and branches, garbage, etc. will not be accepted. If time and weather permits, some areas may be gone over a second time.


Anyone that is NOT within the leaf collection area may bring leaves to the compost facility located off Wilson Road daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All bags must be emptied and placed in the appropriate area.


LEAF COLLECTION AREAS

 Area #1

Armory, Bennett, Bunker Hill, Condot (East), Condot (West), Dove, Eben, Edward, Erich, Etheldale, Forest, Gay, Haggerty, Hill, Houston, Joseph (East), Lynch, Mark (from Penn to Reserve), Nicklas, North St. Marys (from Penn to East/West Condot), Parkway, Penn, Reserve, Robson, Rosedale, Straub, Terrace, and Wolfel.

 Area #2

Arch (East), Ash, Atlantic, Bank, the Boulevard (including Diamond area), Brusselles, Chestnut, Columbus, Darr, Depot, Diamond, Dippold, Erie Avenue, Evers, Fourth, Grant, Hall, Hauber, High, Ida, Jefferson, John, Jones, Kaul, East Kaul, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lehner, Lincoln, Locust, Madison, Maple, Mark (Rightmeyer to Penn), Market, Mertz, Mill, (East), Neubert, North St. Marys (from Washington to Penn), Oak, Park, Pine, Pontzer, Prince Alley, Race (East), Railroad, Rettger, Rightmeyer, Russ Lane, Schissle, Simons, South Michael (railroad tracks to Locust), Sorg, Speer, Spruce, Stackpole, Sweeney, Theresia, Tremont, Walnut, Washington (from North St. Marys to house #731).

 Area #3

 Alpine, Aspen, Averyville, Bayberry, Beech, Bel Vista, Birch, Cadillac, Capri, Catalina, Cedar, Cherry Hill, Clark, Comet, Edgewood, Elm, Eschbach (West), Evergreen, Falcon, Fern, Fleming, Ford (South St. Marys to St. Alphonse), Grandview, Hemlock, Hickory, Jera, Larch, Las Glorias, Lemans, Malibu, Margaret, Martin, Mercury, Nova, Parkview, Plymouth, Poplar, Queens, Rambler, Sara, South Michael (from Locust to Averyville), Sunrise, Teaberry, Villa, Vine, Vine Extension, Wehler, Wendel, Willow.

 Area #4

Arch (West), Arnold, Benedict, Berwind, Cardinal, Center, Charles, Church, George, Johnsonburg (to Joseph), Kerner, Lenze, Lombardo, Louis, Maurus, McGill, West Mill, North Michael, Oilwell (East), Oilwell (West), Parade, Pattison, Pope, Race (West), Rock, Roosevelt, School, Sherry, South St. Marys (to Vine), State, Sunset, Vermont, Virginia, Walburga. 

It is preferred that leaves are left loose and raked out to the edge of the road for the City’s vacuum truck to pick up. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM PARKING ON THE STREET DURING THE WEEK OF YOUR SCHEDULED PICKUP.

Line Painting

Once a year during the summer, the City Street Department does line painting in various areas around the City. This includes numerous cross-walks and parking stalls on City roads as well as warning messages (railroad crossings, school, etc.) on the pavement and handicap stalls in City parking lots. The more highly traveled cross-walks are painted twice a year, the second time being just before school starts in the fall.

Paving Program

Every year the City of St. Marys tries to put money in the budget for paving and resurfacing projects on various roads and streets in St. Marys. The City usually does their paving projects in early fall. This includes a number of street improvement projects as well as some major construction projects. The following are a few notes contractors are to follow when paving.

Notes:

  1. All paved driveways (concrete or asphalt) within the right-of-way and within four feet of the paved roadway will be tied in and sloped to cause no resident hardship, if possible.
  2. All other driveways the pavement will not be broken or sloped in order to allow proper berming procedures.
  3. All intersection radii on roadways will be resurfaced. All intersecting roadway grades will be adjusted so not to cause bumps. Curved areas will be paved to graded cross slope.
  4. The City of St. Marys will close most roadways prior to paving to allow one-pass paving, if possible, which is a preferred method.
  5. All seams, driveways, etc. require a tar or other sealing material approved by PennDOT to prevent water seepage.
  6. The public is advised to use caution when travelling in these areas while crews are working.

Road Grading

Annually in the spring and summer, all City maintained dirt roads are graded, if necessary, and oiled. Roads are oiled with PennDOT approved dust controllants. Roads are split up into four areas and it takes approximately a week to get through one area, weather permitting. Areas with shorter roads are completed much quicker. Sometimes two areas can be done in one week. Roads are oiled with E2/E3 oil and also layered with stone. It takes approximately 48 hours for these oils to set up, depending on the weather conditions. In hot and humid weather, it will take longer for the oil to set up. Travelers are advised to use extreme caution when driving in these areas while the crew is working and until the oils have a chance to set up.

Area #1: Cross, North Paul, South Paul, Joseph, Fox, Forest, Mason, Wilson, Prince Alley

Area #2: Benzinger, Monroe, Valley, Jersey, Eckert, Harrison, Jackson

Area #3: Anthony, Muenster, Sugar Hill, Gypsy, Melody, Random, Uhl, Chapel Village, Ford, Margaret

Area #4: Airport, South Michael, Lecker, Blair, Rosely, East Eschbach, Graphite

Sign Program

The City Street Crew has the responsibility of maintaining over 1,000 signs in St. Marys. There are three different groups of signs throughout the City. These groups include:

  • Regulatory Signs (stop, speed limit, one-way, no parking, etc.)
  • Warning Signs (intersection ahead, watch children, curve, park entrances, etc.)
  • Information Signs (street names, firehalls, etc.)

These signs are located on both City and State highways.

Snow Removal

The Street Crew is responsible for the removal of snow and ice on all City maintained roads and streets. In addition, the Department is also responsible for snow removal for two fire department parking lots, one police department parking lot, one City Hall parking lot, four public parking lots, the parking garage, parking meter areas along eight PennDOT highways, and several hundred feet of sidewalks.

The general rule is that plowing occurs after an accumulation of 2″ or more of snow has fallen. Less than 2″ of accumulation of snow requires only sanding and salting of roadways, etc. A priority system has been established to best serve the majority of the motoring public with roads and streets broken down into primary and secondary routes.

During non-working hours, the St. Marys Police Department monitors the road and street conditions and determines when a “callout” is necessary.

Post-storm activities, including street widening, drifts, and cleanup of intersections, takes place after all roads and streets are passable. Street Department employees must travel approximately 150 miles to plow each road and street two passes wide.

Street Sweeping

Every year in the spring, the City Street Crew sweeps all of the paved City maintained roads and streets. These roads and streets are broken up into seven areas, generally completing one area a week, weather and equipment permitting. As time and weather permits, some streets are swept a second time. Throughout the summer, the main streets down town are swept every other week. Generally, the sweeping program concludes the first week of October. 


Residents/Property owners within the sweeping areas are to place the material from their property to the gutter line and not pile it on top of storm grates. Material is not to be spread out into the roadway. Residents are asked not to sweep the material out to the curb/gutter line until the week your road/street is scheduled to be swept. 


Tar and chip roadways are swept after the regular paved road sweeping is done.  

STREET SWEEPING AREAS

Area #1

Louis Street, Center Street, Church Street (Center to Maurus), Lenze Avenue, Kerner Avenue, East Mill Street, West Mill Street, McGill Street, Eberl Street, Race Street, Pattison Street, Berwind Street, Roosevelt Street, Rock Street, East Arch Street, West Arch Street, Market Street, Oak Street, Park Street, Chestnut Street, Walnut Street, Spruce Street, Maple Street, Locust Road, Beech Road, Willow Road, Aspen Road, Larch Road, Queens Road, West Eschbach Road, Poplar Road, Wendel Road, Grandview Road, Birch Road, Martin Road, Averyville Road, Villa Road, Nova Road, Jera Road, Bel Vista Road, Vine Road, Hickory Road, Fern Road, Teaberry Road, Hemlock Road, Parkview Road, Edgewood Road, Las Glorias Road, Wehler Road, Ford Road, Sara Road, Bayberry Road, Elm Road, Cedar Road, Clark Road, Plymouth Road, Mercury Road, Comet Road, Falcon Road, Rambler Road, Earth Road, Moon Road, Light Road, Light Extension, Kallas Road, Thunder Road, Baumer Road, Sumar Road, West Theresia Road, Townview Road, Iron Run Road, Random Road, Fire Station #3, North St. Marys Street parking lot, Market Street parking lot, and the Depot Street parking lot.

Area #2

Pine Street, Ash Street, Kaul Avenue, East Kaul Avenue, High Avenue, Darr Street, John Street, Depot Street, Fourth Street, Hall Avenue, Sweeney Street, Stackpole Street, Ceramic Street, Curry Avenue, Schissle Street, Jones Street, Lincoln Street, Mertz Avenue, Lehner Avenue, Pontzer Avenue, Rettger Street, Neubert Street, Hauber Avenue, Benzinger Road, Bavarian Hills Road, Mulligan Road, Lemans Road, Capri Road, Catalina Road, Cadillac Road, Malibu Road, Sunrise Road, Robin Road, Alpine Road, Liberty Road, South Ridge Road, Lang Road, Carbon Road, Grotzinger Road, Wright Road, Rosely Road (to end of pavement), Brusselles Street parking lot.  

                              

Area #3

Lafayette Street, Erie Avenue, Madison Street, Diamond Street, Lawrence Street, Columbus Street, Mark Street, Ida Street, Russ Lane, Dippold Avenue, Evers Avenue, Rightmeyer Street, Atlantic Street, Grant Street, Tremont Street, Bank Street, Bunker Hill Road, Penn Road, Edward Road, Reserve Road, East Condot Road, Carolwood Road, Adams Road, Access Road, Wilson Road, Delaum Road, Aumadel Road, Shady Grove Road, Terrace Road.

Area #4

Oilwell Street, Parade Street, Straub Avenue, Benedict Street, Walburga Street, Lynch Road, West Condot Road, Haggerty Road, Houston Road, Bennett Road, Parkway Road, Wolfel Avenue, Etheldale Avenue, Straub Avenue, Rosedale Avenue, North Michael Street, George Street, Charles Street, Church Street, East Joseph Road, West Joseph Road, Vermont Road, Virginia Road, School Street, Sherry Road, Sunset Road, Arnold Road, Pope Road, Cardinal Road, North Paul Road apron, South Paul Road apron.

Traffic Lights

The City Street Crew maintains the traffic signals and three sets of school warning signals throughout the City. These traffic lights are owned by the City of St. Marys but are permitted through PennDOT. Maintenance of these traffic signals include, but are not limited to, changing of light bulbs, painting of arrows and stop bars on pavement, maintaining loop detectors in the pavement, and monitoring computer activities inside the traffic light.