PITTSTON CITY STREETS AND SANITATION DEPARTMENT
The Pittston City Streets and Sanitation Department was established by ordinance on August 21, 1896. Today, the Streets and Santiation Department is a full-time professional municipal public works department. The Street Department provides weekly residential garbage, recycling and yard waste collection and is also responsible for the maintenance of all city streets, city parks, and public property.
The Street Department is located at 2 Tunnel Street and can be telephoned at 570.654.1160.
Regular operating hours are Monday through Friday 7am to 3pm.
Panama Street Infrastructure Improvement Project
During 2020-2021 the city undertook and completed replacement of a more than 150 year old underground stone sewer culvert along Panama Street that was in poor condition. This large 54 inch sewer main services hundreds of units as well as serves as a major pathway for sewerage and stormwater from other areas. The project ultimately cost over $1.2 million and included replacement of the failed stone culvert with modern plastic sewer pipe; removal of large trees that had infiltrated and damaged the sewer system; installation of new modern manholes and street drains, new curbing and sidewalks; and repaving of the roadway. PA American Water Company also upgraded the water main during the project. The Panama Street project also included installation of street drains and repaving of Quinnan’s Alley, a small roadway connecting Parsonage Street and upper Panama Street. This project was funded from a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Grant awarded to the city in a competitive application process; Federal Community Development Block Grant Funds administered by the City of Pittston Redevelopment Authority; and by the City of Pittston Sewer Maintenance Fund which is funded through the city’s annual sewer maintenance fee.
The Street Department will plow and salt all city roadways during and after winter weather events. Please use caution when traveling during winter weather. PENNDOT is responsible for winter maintenance on state highways (see list of state highways below). During a severe winter weather event, the Mayor may declare a snow Emergency that will restrict parking and travel on certain roads that are designated “Snow Emergency Routes” in accordance with Pittston City Code Section 455-35
ROAD-PAVING IN THE CITY OF PITTSTON:
During the last 7 years the city has seen a considerable amount of road repaving completed in both the downtown business district and on residential roadways. Several million dollars have been expended on these improvements that include:
In 2019, paving bids came in above the budget and the decision was made to hold off for better prices, and road-paving resumed in 2020, with the following streets being repaved: Searle Street; Laurel Street; Grandview Drive; Rear Tunnel Street; Halford Alley; and Carroll Street from Hunter to Radcliffe Streets.
In 2018, the following streets were repaved: Cliff Street; Tompkins Street from West Columbus Avenue to West Street; Garfield Street; West Oak Street; West Frothingham Street; River Street from West Oak Street to near West Frothingham Street.
In 2017, due to costs incurred in the March 2017 record-setting blizzard, no streets were paved.
In 2016, the following streets were repaved: Butler Street, East Columbus Avenue, Dewitt Street, Ormsby Alley, Spring Street, Market Street, Wood Street, Stark Street, lower Church Street.
In 2015, the following streets were repaved: North Main Street, Parsonage Street, East Frothingham Street, East Oak Street, Cron Street, last block of Carroll Street.
In 2014 the following streets were repaved: William Street, Kennedy Boulevard, John Street, Lower Market Street, Swallow Street, Defoe Street, Bolin Street, Atlantic Alley, Curtis Street, Wilford Streeet, Reap Street.
In 2013 the following streets were repaved: New Street from Cornelia Street to the City limits; Wilford Street from New Street to the dead end; Dock Street from North Main Street to Kennedy Boulevard; Water Street from North Main Street to Kennedy Boulevard; Cron Street from Water Street to the terminus; Morgan Lane
In 2012, road-paving included: Plank Street, Broad Street, Front Street, Union Street.
YARD WASTE COLLECTION
Residents may now include grass clippings with yard waste. Yard waste must be in open containers at the curbside. No dirt or rocks can be collected. Branches must be cut to not longer than 4 feet and bundled. Please follow the Recycling Calendar for yard waste collection dates. Thank you!
The state is responsible for street maintenance of Main Street, Plank Street, Mill Street, Searle Street, Kennedy Boulevard, Parsonage Street, Williams Street, Laurel Street, East Columbus Avenue. Call PENNDOT at 1-800-349-7623 for maintenance issues on these streets
STREET SIGN REPLACEMENT PROJECT
The Street Department is in the process of installing new street name signs at all street intersections in town. The project will take several months to complete, so please be patient if you see signs going up but your street has not been done yet.