Public Works

The responsibilities of the Department of Public Works include maintaining municipal roadways and drainage systems, the issuance of road opening permits, snow removal, garbage collection, brush and yard waste collection, maintaining the township's recreational facilities and the care of the municipal buildings.

Gregory Whitehead, Director of Public Works 
Telephone: (609) 587-1894

The Lawrence Township Department of Public Works strives to afford residents and visitors with the highest quality of services in the care of our public infrastructure and facilities.  The Public Works Department employees serve with professionalism, dedication, and teamwork.

This work is accomplished by utilizing cost effective practices, technology, shared services, and innovation.  Responding to the routine services or public emergencies, the employees of the Public Works Department are dedicated to serving the public needs.  Through special projects, capital improvements, and supporting special events, the Public Works staff is focused on maintaining our community assets.  

The Township's Public Works Department manages a 22 square mile municipality in Mercer County with approximately 33,000 residents.  The Department has several Divisions with 35 full time employees.  

  • Streets/Roads
  • Facilities
  • Motor Pool
  • Sanitation/Recycling
  • Parks/Open Space

The Public Works Department coordinates emergency snow/ice removal for 200 lane miles of municipal roads.  We coordinate and repair roadways, drainage, traffic signs, road markings, and emergency storm response.  Our staff manages all municipal facilities located in the Township (Police/Court, Firehouses, EMS, Public Works, Town Hall, Senior Center, etc).  Our responsibility also includes the management of 2,000 acres of property and open space.  


  • Notification of Right-of-Way Pesticide Application   -  From May 16, 2022 to May 27, 2022 the Lawrence Township Department of Public Works will be conducting its Right-of-Way maintenance program for control of weeds growing near guard rails, concrete medians, markers, signs and posts on main and connecting roads throughout the township.  Roadside spraying will be conducted by License holder no. 60057B.  The brand name of the pesticide used is Banish.  The active ingredient in Banish is Ethylene Glycol.  Safety Data Sheet:  The applications will be utilizing a 25-gallon power sprayer and a 4-gallon back type sprayer.  Due to weather conditions spraying may extend past the May 27, 2022 date.  List of roads:  Youngs Road, Lawrence Station Road, Basin Road, Carnegie Road, Bakers Basin Road, Route 1 roundabout, Princeton Pike (north of Franklin Corner Road), Keefe Road, Cold Soil Road, Van Kirk Road, Carson Road, Fackler Road, Province Line Road, Pretty Brook Road (Lawrence Township side only), Denow Road.  For pesticide regulation information, pesticide complaints, and health referrals contact NJ DEP Pesticide Control Program at 1-877-927-6337.  For routine health inquiries and to obtain information on signs and symptoms of pesticide exposure, contact The National Pesticide Telecommunications Network at 1-800-858-7378.  The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System phone numbers - Emergency Hotline: 1-800-222-1222 or Text 973-339-0702.                                                                                                                                                                         
  • No Parking When Snow Covered - When snow has fallen and the accumulation of snow is such that it covers the roadway, an emergency shall exist and NO vehicles shall be parked on posted streets and roads. Click here to see list of prohibited roadways when snow covered.
  • Recycling Delays -  Solterra Recycling Solutions is experiencing high volumes of call outs due to the new strain of COVID. The attached is a message from Solterra in English and Spanish
  • While single use batteries can be put in the trash, rechargeable batteries cannot and must be recycled. For more details including where to properly dispose of them see the attached.
  • MCIA Recycling Guidelines: Think Beyond the Bucket! You can recycle so much more than just paper and plastic. Please take some time to go to the Mercer County website for recycling information and to see their new "Beyond the Bucket" resource guide.
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YARD WASTE COLLECTION RULES:   Brush will be picked up according to the zone schedule. Please refer to the Zone Map.      Brush (one pile no longer than 12 feet in length) should be placed at curbside no earlier than the weekend prior to scheduled week of pickup. Click here for details.
  • Landscaper Registration Policy:  Ordinance, 2307-18 requires all landscaping contractors who perform work in Lawrence Township to complete a registration form. Please click here for additional details and form.
  • The Township Ecological Facility, located at 3701 Princeton Pike, just south of Fackler Road, opened on Saturdays beginning April 2, 2022.

Township Property Information

Property Search Tool - Find property data such as Yard Waste and Garbage Collection zones for your residence. This search tool retrieves basic information about property located in Lawrence Township.