February 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM
There is nowhere to put the trashcans. Mailboxes have been buried for weeks. The roads are clearing with the melting snow, but as the sun shines down on Lower Providence Township for short intervals this week, one thing is certainly clear. The roads of this township have taken the brunt of the winter chaos.
Icy conditions and excessive needs for plowing have made area roadways speckled with potholes. From minor bumps and annoyances, to crater-sized divots, the residents of Lower Providence need to use caution as they travel.
Reporting the worst of the potholes can be a confusing task, since the township has different road classifications, meaning different parties are responsible for different roads.
So, whose job is it to fix these treacherous road conditions? Well, that all depends on where you find the pothole.
The township consists of state roads, which are the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) responsibility. There are also county roads, such as Germantown Pike. Others are the township’s problem.
Should you encounter a state road pothole, you can report it to PennDOT at 800-FIX-ROAD (or 800-349-7623). The state roads include:
· Audubon Road
· Eagleville Road
· Egypt Road
· Evansburg Road
· Level Road (from Ridge Pike to Yerkes Road)
· Park Avenue
· Ridge Pike
· River Road
· Trooper Road
· Yerkes Road
· Route 422 Expressway
Should a hole be found along Germantown Pike, residents can report the issue to Montgomery County at 610-275-2368.
All other roads are the responsibility of Lower Providence Township’s Public Works Department. Residents can report a problem by calling 610-635-3538.