Road Department

The Road Department has six (6) full time employees to maintain 76 miles of road in the Township.   Our Road Master is Scott Mosier ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). The Department is responsible for road maintenance, winter snow and ice removal, as well as garage collection and vehicle maintenance and other related work.

Why do we cut road shoulders?  From time to time, Towamensing Township cuts shoulders along your property.   Please realize we are not doing this to make anything unsightly or dig up your yard.   The Supervisors feel it is important for you to know why this is done.

What is a berm?  The berm of a road is a shoulder that extends beyond the driving lane, though it is sometimes partially paved.   The purpose of a berm is to allow for better drainage from the road and as an assist in maintaining and protecting the road.

Road lanes are generally nine (9) feet wide.   The Towamensing Township Supervisors want to uniformly maintain a berm of four (4) feet from the end of the road, although the road right-of-way, which  includes the berm is 16 - 25 feet from the center of the road out to each side. Each road has a slight crown in the center so that extra materials will gravitate to the berm which helps to make the berm firm.   If the grass is allowed to grow up to the edge of the driving lane it will hold moisture and the road edges will soften from poor drainage.



Towamensing Township Maintenance Crew - (Left to Right)
Ryan Campbell, Scott Mosier, Brian Thomas, Gary Anthony, Jason Costenbader

The road shoulder serves several essential functions.   It is there to support the edge of the traveled portion of the roadway.   In areas you may see the roadway breaking off along the side of the road.   This is a result of improper drainage.

Proper drainage allows a paved road to have its useful life extended indefinitely and provides for you a smoother roadway to travel upon.

In order for the shoulder to perform all these functions, its shape is critical. First of all, the shoulder should be no higher or no lowerthan the edge of the roadway.   By maintaining the shape, the low shoulder or drop-off is eliminated which is a safety hazard and also reduces roadway edge support.   But the other extreme, when the shoulder is higher, it destroys the drainage of water directly from the surface to the real ditch.   The roadway becomes a ditch.