Streets & Properties
The Ross Township Department of Public Works is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Township's 120 miles of road, storm sewer systems comprising over 500,000 linear feet of pipe, 500 outfalls, 2,000 catch basins, a sanitary sewer system, over 80 miles of sewer lines, and the maintenance of 22 Township parks, and four Township buildings. Ross Township has 27 full time laborers and drivers, three full-time mechanics, and three administrative personnel.
The Township has two street sweepers available, and all Township roads are swept at least twice a year. Additionally, the sweepers are available to clean up excess road debris on a case by case basis. The sweepers us a water supply to control dust, therefore, the sweepers are not available when the ambient temperature is below feezing.
The department has over 35 vehicles which run on B20 Certified Biodiesel, offering better greenhouse gas benefits compared to conventional diesel fuel. The Township supports public education and outreach regarding reducing air pollution and emissions. View more about the air quality efforts.
The design team, consisting of McLean Architects, Gateway Engineers, and Township Officials went through the design process to incorporate sustainable initiatives into the new Public Works Building. This design criteria was based off of Gateway Engineers assessment of the old building listed below.
New Department of Public Works Facility
The Department of Public Works opened, in October of 2016, its new 30,000 square foot facility. The state-of-the-art facility replaced an aging, outdated building constructed in the 1960s.
The new building was designed with sustainable practices as its focus. These environmental initiatives include reducing the number of garage doors from 32 to 2, implementing an advanced truck washing bay which uses 98% recycled water, an automated ventilation and HVAC system, an 8,000 square foot interior loading salt building, and new, canopied fuel filling station. The new site also houses a 30,000 gallon storm water retention pond. These improvements have significantly reduced the amount of pollutants contaminating the soil and nearby streams.