West Chester Borough owns and maintains 28.2 "center line" miles of local streets, which equal almost 65 "lane miles". The Public Works Department is responsible for conducting all pavement repairs, maintenance and major construction of Borough streets and alleys. Much of the work done by Borough personnel includes filling potholes, performing base repairs in small areas of streets which have deteriorated or failed, preparatory structural repairs on streets scheduled for resurfacing, restoring pavements cut for sub-surface utility repairs, crack sealing and miscellaneous curb repairs. Large projects such as pavement milling, resurfacing or reconstruction are done using outside construction contractors.
STREET AND ALLEY RESURFACING
The following streets and alleys are scheduled for paving in the summer of 2013:
- South Adams Street: Market Street to Barnard Street.
- Poplar Street: Market Street to Barnard Street.
- Hogue Alley: Virginia Avenue to Marshall Street.
- Clover Alley: Biddle Street to Prospect Alley.
- Stadium Alley: Penn Street to Chestnut Street.
- Cedar Alley: Walnut Street to Sharon Alley.
- Mechanics Alley: Barnard Street to Union Street.
If you are planning repairs to your driveways, garage entrances or renewal of your utility services in these streets or alleys be sure the work is completed prior to the start of the paving program. Be advised that the Borough prohibits excavation in newly paved streets or alleys for a period of five (5) years; so plan your repair project accordingly.
The following streets in West Chester Borough are state highways, and are thus maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT):
- High Street: Goshen Road to Rosedale Avenue.
- East Marshall Street: High Street to the Borough line.
- West Miner Street: High Street to South Bradford Avenue.
- Price Street: High Street to South Bradford Avenue.
- Gay Street: Bolmar Street to new Street.
- Market Street: Bolmar Street to New Street.
- North New Street: Gay Street to Market Street.
- Hannum Avenue / Downingtown Pike: Ashbridge Street to New Street.
- Strasburg Road: Downingtown Pike to Borough line.
Maintenance requests on these streets can be directed to PennDOT at 1-800-FIX-ROAD.
West Chester Borough operates an extensive street sweeping program to maintain a clean appearance for the town. Certain sides of the streets have restricted parking on designated days/times to allow for efficient street sweeping and other public services. Generally areas north of Market Street are swept on Mondays and Tuesdays while areas south of Market Street are swept on Wednesdays and Thursdays with the central business district being swept nightly. Parking is normally restricted in these areas from 2 AM to 5 AM and from 8 AM to 11 AM. Check the restricted parking signage on your block and please be sure to have your vehicle moved during these times.
The street sweeper is vacuum powered. It can collect dirt, gravel, litter or small amounts leaves or grass clippings, which can pass under the vacuum head. The sweeper cannot handle large piles of grass clippings, garden debris, vines, sticks or brush, as these materials will clog the intakes and damage the machinery. These materials should be separated and placed out for yard waste collection or delivered to the Public Works yard waste drop-off.
The Borough of West Chester owns, operates and maintains over 1,000 street lights in the Borough, which were originally purchased from PECO Energy in 1995. Since that time, many lights have been added, replaced or upgraded. Most street lights are efficient high-pressure sodium fixtures, although some recent upgrades have included state-of-the-art LED fixtures which produce far brighter illumination while using only a fraction of the energy used to power a conventional street light.
Residents are asked to report malfunctioning street lights to the Public Works Department. Please include the address of the nearest property, and a utility pole number if it is visible (usually a small metal plate fastened at eye-height on the street side of the pole). The malfunctioning street light will be reported to the Borough's street light maintenance contractor for repairs.