Public Works crews are first responders

Date: May 23, 2018

Ferguson Township Public Works Department


When severe weather struck our region on the 1st of May in 2017, Ferguson Township Police and Public Works crews immediately responded to residents in need. Police responded to 18 calls, including a man trapped in his car under a downed power line. Our Public Works crews cleared 10 - 12 trees from roadways until 1:30 the following morning -- returning at 6:30 am to continue clean-up operations and ensure that all Ferguson Township roads were passable. Crews responded to resident concerns and assisted other municipalities as needed. A week after the storm, the Public Works Department offered a special brush collection to help residents clean up their yards.

During National Public Works Week in Ferguson Township, we celebrate our hardworking, dedicated road workers for all they do to help residents when the need is greatest. With skills and experience in storm response, disaster recovery, and assisting police, they are also “first responders.”  

“When the infrastructure is threatened, public works is prepared to take a comprehensive and collaborative role with other First Responders in emergency management—prepared and equipped to safeguard lives and reduce or repair damaged critical infrastructure.” Source: American Public Works Association

Throughout our long central Pennsylvania winters, Public Works crews follow a winter operations plan. They work hard to keep roads clear of ice and snow and respond to hazards. Highly trained in the latest technology and procedures for snow removal, our “snow fighters” work as two teams on two overlapping 12-hour shifts to prepare the roads for your morning commute. 

Providing safe travel for residents and those employed in the Centre Region is essential for the vibrant economic hub of the region. “Without our snow fighting services,” said Ferguson Township Public Works Director David Modricker, “vehicle crashes multiply, congestion causes lost work time, schools close, emergency operations are hampered, and businesses suffer the loss of profits.”

“They must plan and prepare year-round, and anticipate storms in order to provide safety and mobility on highways, roads and streets. Snow and ice storms severely disrupt surface travel and create hazardous conditions that cause thousands of accidents annually.” Source: American Public Works Association

On a daily basis, Ferguson Township Public Works provides efficient, cost-effective, professional public works services within our scope of work to our residents. Our emphasis is on preventive maintenance.

At this time of year, our crews are sweeping streets, paving roads, patching potholes, sealing cracks on roads, repairing and cleaning inlets, and grading berms; planting and trimming trees, seeding, controlling vegetation, and mowing grass; inspecting traffic signals, and so much more. They’re maintaining nearly 100 miles of roadways, Township vehicles and equipment as well as buildings and grounds, and making improvements to our parks.

Ferguson Township also has a very strong, active Capital Improvement Program underway. During this busy construction season, we ask for your patience in road project work zones. We do our best to communicate when to expect delays.

Our Public Works crews are helping to make your yard clean-up tasks easier by offering curbside collection of brush and leaves – a service our residents tell us they appreciate. In 2017, the road crew collected more than 634 tons of leaves, and more than 600 tons of wood chips from brush.

Helpful Links and Resources
If you would like to speak with someone in the Public Works Department, please call (814) 238-4651, or use the Contact Us form.

For the most current information about Ferguson Township Brush and Leaf Collection, please call (814) 238-4651. Select Option 4 for BRUSH Collection and Option 5 for Leaf Collection.

C-NET's Brush and Leaf Collection video provides guidelines for preparing your brush and leaves for collection. Following these guidelines will help ensure the safety of our crews.

The Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors has proclaimed May 20 – 26, 2018 as National Public Works Week. We hope you’ll join us in recognizing all that our Public Works crews do to make Ferguson Township a “best place to live.”

View Public Works Week Proclamation