Let’s work together to ensure a safe, successful snow removal season. When snow is on the roads, please:
Avoid parking on road
Keep fire hydrants clear
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The township, county or state may be responsible for repairing road issues, depending on who owns and maintains the road.
Submit concerns about roads owned and maintained by South Fayette Township.
Allegheny County Roads
Submit concerns about roads owned and maintained by Allegheny County Public Works.
Submit concerns about roads owned and maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 11.
South Fayette Township contains roadways that are owned and / or maintained by three separate political entities:
Other streets are privately owned by individuals, developers and homeowner associations. All road owners are responsible for providing their own maintenance, such as paving, storm drain repair and snow plowing.
Report road concerns to the entity that owns or maintains the road.
If there is any question as to who maintains your street, please contact the township office or the Public Works Department.
You can report a road snow or ice issue through our 24-hour Citizen Request Tracker webpage.
Or call the township office at 412-221-8700 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Tell us your name, phone number, address and nature of your problem. After 4:30 p.m., emergencies only may be reported to the police department by calling 9-1-1.
If you have any questions or concerns about snow removal, please contact Public Works Director Butch Truitt at 412-221-8700, ext. 223, or via email.
Public Works operates up to 15 snow removal vehicles to plow and salt.
Depending on the time, duration, and intensity of the storm, the department will have anywhere from 3 to 16 employees on the roads.
South Fayette Township is divided into 15 routes, and each route is subdivided into primary and secondary routes.
Once notified of a storm emergency, the public works director or foreman determines the number of workers needed and notifies the available employees, and then distributes the required routes.
Workers first clear and treat their assigned primary routes. After all primary routes are completed and passable, they proceed to their secondary routes. When drivers finish their assigned routes, they are dispatched to help with other routes. Primary routes sometimes require several trips before secondary routes can be started.
The most efficient methods of reducing winter maintenance costs are reducing the amount of salt and anti-skid materials we use and decreasing the number of hours employees spend treating roads, while maintaining public safety.
Wetting Systems Public Works uses 2 wetting systems for our fleet of snow-fighting equipment. These units spray the salt with salt brine while it is being dispensed onto the roadway. The salt brine reduces the amount of splatter of the salt, thus keeping more of the product on the area where it is needed. The salt brine also increases the melting time of the salt, thus quickening the time it takes to melt the snow and ice.
Salt Brine / Anti-Icing The department also applies salt brine to the roadways in advance of expected winter storms. This anti-icing method has several advantages:
Starting in 2023, in lower temperatures, Public Works uses calcium chloride to melt ice faster than other methods. Upon contact with ice, calcium chloride quickly forms ice-melting brine.