Departments & Services
Few public works activities are as visible as cleaning streets
of snow and ice and ensuring safe roadway conditions for vehicles
and pedestrians. Not only is this activity visible but also it
produces a practical benefit. A 1992 study by Marquette University
concluded, "88.3% of all injury accidents during winter storms
can be avoided simply by deicing roadways".
With this in mind, the Bernards Township Committee in 1992 adopted
its Emergency Plan for Ice Control and Snow Removal. This was updated
in 1997 along with the Department of Public Works Snow Plowing & Ice
Control Operations and Procedures Manual.
Our goal is simply to provide safe pavement by cleaning all snow
and ice as soon as possible during and after storms. Some of the
benefits of this high maintenance standard are:
- Traffic keeps moving.
- Business and peoples daily routines are minimally affected.
- There are fewer accidents and injuries.
- Emergency vehicles get through.
We attempt to accomplish our goal by a proactive approach to
anticipating conditions, rapid response and full use of appropriate
equipment, material and methods. Routes are set up geographically
with priority set on high volume streets, intersections, slopes
and other problematic areas. Deicers, primarily salt, are used
regularly in a sensible application. At times other environmentally
safe additives are used to enhance the deicing ability of salt
at lower temperatures.
If you have any questions, please email
us or call 908-204-3084
during regular business hours. During storms you may leave a
message at 908-204-3087. Extreme emergencies such as accidents,
injuries requiring medical attention or imminent hazards may
be reported by dialing 911.