Dear PoP – Daytime Residential Street Sweeping Resumes Mar. 23, Ticketing Begins Mar. 30

“Hey PoP,

Any idea when street cleaning starts back up and we have to go back to moving our cars twice a week?”

From DPW:

Please be advised that daytime mechanical street sweeping will resume in scheduled, signed residential neighborhoods on Monday, March 23, 2009. Alternate-side parking restrictions in these areas will go into effect as well. Parking tickets, which carry a $30 fine, will be issued, beginning March 30, to vehicles parked during street sweeping hours in areas posted with “No Parking/Street Cleaning” signs.

Beginning March 30, parked cars also may be towed to allow the sweepers access to the curbside. Generally, parking is prohibited for two hours while sweeping is underway.

Department of Public Works street sweepers cover about 4,000 lane miles monthly, removing litter and pollutants by brushing them onto a conveyor system, which transports the material into a debris hopper. The sweeper also emits a fine spray of water to help control dust. Street sweeping is suspended during winter as the sprayed water can freeze on the street and cause dangerous driving conditions. DPW also sweeps commercial corridors year-round.

For more information about DPW’s street sweeping program, visit”

7 Comment

  • I thought the tickets were $50? Did they lower the price?

  • I can’t wait. My gutter along Rock Creek Church is flithy! I just swept up a few bottles worth of broken glass, a dozen chip/ice cream wrappers and three empty mini vials.

  • my street isn’t on the street sweeper route. Anyone ever petition to get a street added or know what’s involved?

  • Ok, I’ll bite. Where do you live, matt? Not that I don’t love waking up half an hour early twice a week to move my car so the city can vaccuum up some more litter that will back that afternoon… just askin’.

  • That came out wrong, sorry. I just want a place to park!

  • street sweeping is a racket. its just a way for DC to fill its coffers with the money of people who move their cars either 10 minutes too late or 10 minutes early.

  • It’s $30. I got a ticket back in November because I was in a rush to get to work and forgot to move my car…

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