Public Works/Streets

Phone: (304) 284-7412
Fax: (304) 284-7430
Third Floor, Room 26
389 Spruce Street
Morgantown, WV 26505
The goals established for the Public Works Department are as varied as the responsibilities with which it has been entrusted. These goals reflect the expectations of those who benefit from services the Department provides, namely citizens of this community and City employees.In summary, these goals are:

  • Provide the community with a safe and efficient roadway system.
  • Assist the Morgantown Utility Board(MUB) in providing the community with a properly operated drainage system, stormwater management system, and sediment and erosion control system.
  • Minimize disruption and return life to normalcy during and after natural disasters.

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City Streets vs. State Routes

Not all roads around the City are maintained by the City of Morgantown. Most of the major roads (State Routes) are maintained by the WV Division of Highways (WVDOH) such as:

  • Beechurst Avenue
  • Monongahela Blvd.
  • Patteson Drive
  • Willey Street
  • Route 7
  • Greenbag Road
  • South University Avenue
  • Collins Ferry Road
  • West Run
  • College Avenue
  • parts of High Street
  • parts of Spruce Street

Maintenance & Paving

The WVDOH maintains State Routes by paving in summer months and plowing in winter months. See the two maps below to determine which agency maintains a City road. State roads are shown in yellow, other roads within the City limits are maintained by the City of Morgantown.

North Morgantown

South Morgantown

2015 Paving List & Contingency Streets


Potholes tend to show up in spring throughout the City and County. Potholes will be more extreme if the winter has frequent fluctuations in temperature above and below the freezing mark.

If you see a pothole on your street, and it is not a WVDOH maintained road, please use the following link to report the pot hole.

Report a Pothole

Winter Plowing

Snow removal in the City of Morgantown will follow much of the same process as previous years.  Salt is the main chemical used to treat snow on the roads, although it is not suitable in every situation.  Abrasives are also used in the case of low temperatures or traction.

Prior to a winter weather event, brine is sprayed onto City Streets to reduce the snows ability to stick to the road surface, although it is not suitable in every situation.  As snow begins to accumulate on roads, street plowing is performed in a specific order to ensure that emergency services can get into all neighborhoods by main roads. These roads are the top priority, as time and conditions determine, other side roads will be cleared throughout neighborhoods based on the amount of traffic flow on streets.

Shoveling Driveway Tip

Shown below is a diagram of the City’s driveway plowing policies. Abiding by the following guidelines will help make the snow removal process easier, safer, and more effective for all:

  • Snow should be plowed or shoveled to the right side of the driveway as you are facing the intersecting roadway. By being plowed away from the direction of oncoming snowplows, this action will prevent the bulk of the snow from being pushed back into the driveway.
  • Eliminate snow piles at the driveway entrance, whenever possible. High accumulations of snow will obstruct the vision of motorists when exiting from the driveway and hinder the ability of oncoming motorists to see you pulling out of the driveway, creating another potential for accidents.
  • Do not push snow out onto roads at anytime. This creates hazardous driving conditions for all vehicles.

Removing Ice and Snow from Sidewalks

The City of Morgantown’s Public Works Department would like to remind citizens of their responsibility to remove snow and ice from their sidewalks.

Keeping sidewalks free of snow and ice is important for everyone’s safety, particularly the elderly and people with disabilities.

Injuries caused by a lack of snow or ice removal can become litigation against the property owner.

NOTE: It’s against the law to shovel snow into streets and alleys. Pile snow into yards or other non-pedestrian areas.

Click here to view the 2012-2013 Snow Shoveling Guidelines for Residents.

Street Signs

To report that a street sign is missing from the City roadway, please use the following link:

Report a Missing Street Sign


Adopt-a-Street Program

An aggressive program to adopt streets within Morgantown to be cleaned by individuals, companies, or organizations. Signs are posted to proudly show who adopted the street. Groups and organizations are required to clean their street at least 4 times a year. Bags and orange vests will be supplied by the City of Morgantown. To adopt a street, please call the Public Works Depratment at 304-284-7412 to get an application.

Thanks to the following organizations for being a part of the Adopt-A-Street Program (2008):

  • Alpha Kappa Psi Prof. Bus. Frat.
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Phi Omega (pledge class)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Mech. Engineers
  • Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
  • BOPARC Senior Recreation Center
  • Civil Air Patrol & Explorer Post 747
  • Collegiate 4H Club
  • County Youth Services Center
  • Delta Sigma Pi
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority–Omicron Upsilon Chap.
  • Intensive English Program
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
  • Lenhart family
  • Life Connections (Morgantown H.S.)
  • Madia Family
  • Muslim Student Assoc.
  • National Exemplary Scholars in Service
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Pi Beta Phi Sorority
  • Sierra Student Coalition
  • Sigma Alpha Sorority
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society
  • Werntz Family
  • Wildlife Society
  • WVU Alumni Association, Morgantown
  • WVU Bible Studies/Christian Ministries
  • WVU Medicine School
  • WVU Student-Athlete Advisory Council
  • Zeta Delta Phi
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority