‘Weekly Residential Street Sweeping Ends Friday, Oct. 29; Leaf Collection to Begin Nov. 8’

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From DPW:

Weekly (signed), residential mechanical street cleaning will end for the season on Friday, October 29, 2010. “No parking/street cleaning” restrictions will be lifted and motorists may park along posted, alternate-side, daytime street sweeping routes without being required to move their cars on street-cleaning days.

Residential street sweeping is suspended for public safety concerns during the winter. Trucks used to clean the streets are designed to release a fine spray of water to control the dust as they sweep. When the temperature drops to freezing or below, sweeping is discontinued to prevent freezing and accidents to vehicles and pedestrians.

Overnight sweeping scheduled for the District’s major roadways, which include Pennsylvania, Georgia, Constitution, and Independence avenues, will take place as usual all winter, as the weather permits. Motorists are urged not to park in these areas during the posted overnight sweeping hours. Residents and business owners will be notified when street sweeping resumes again in the spring of 2011.

By suspending the street sweeping program, DPW personnel can focus on leaf collection, which will begin November 8, as well as the upcoming snow removal season. The 2010-2011 leaf season will run November 8, 2010, through January 15, 2011. During this time, leaves will be vacuumed from each street at least twice.

New brochures announcing the fall/winter leaf collection season will be mailed to residents beginning this weekend.”

I’ll update the leaf collection schedule when it is released.

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  • What? They were actually sweeping the streets up to this point? My alley is horrible, trash collection is never on schedule, and they removed most of the useful trash cans from my street. Lets hope Gray gets this message.

    • Yeah, well, it’s called street cleaning not alley cleaning.

      I’m sure your alley is #1 at the top of Gray’s list. Seriously. I heard him talk about it in one of the debates.

      • It’s not street cleaning; it’s parking ticketing.

        Lets not pretend these trash plows actually clean anything.

        • I agree… I bet enough people in this city need work so how about some push brooms. Whatever happend to work for welfare or is that forbidden int he DC?

          It sure would work better than these big sweepers that take vacation from October to what Spring?

          Come on DC… Don’t they call that – “thinking outside the box.”

          Jobs and clean streets – WIN / WIN

  • I counted 170 pieces of litter between the 7-11 at Mt. Pleasant and Kenyon and Marx Cafe at Mt. Pleasant and Lamont. I can only imagine that if sweeping were not taking place, this stretch would be awash in a sea of trash.

  • If you’re in need of alley cleaning, you should try submitting a service request: http://311.dc.gov/

    The site is surprisingly easy to navigate and use, and they’ve always been responsive to my requests (additional recycling/trash cans & graffiti removal).

  • Thank God.

  • Argh, I got my first ticket for this particular “offense” three days ago… of course I was long gone before the street sweeper actually came, but 8 minutes past the posted time– gotcha! File under DPW tax 😛

    • ah

      This is ridiculous. If you’re in a “B” area you basically get one leaf collection. The second collection may not happen until 2011. Are they kidding? By January 1, the leaves will probably be frozen into a solid block.

  • This comment probably belongs in the rant and rave section, but it is appropriate for here too…That is depressing that street cleaning is about to stop. It doesn’t do a great job but it helps a little. My street is FILTHY. Most weekends I pick up trash from the sidewalks on just my block, and I always fill up two garbage bags. Not sure who the hell is so gross apart from crack house at the end of my street and the Pan Am grocery store customers (you know who you are) who take up all the parking on my street on the weekends with their mini-vans and dump their trash everywhere (usually half-eaten corn cobs and empty cans of coconut juice or tecate) in addition to leaving their shopping carts on the sidewalk or street. I really hate people. And I dont think I should have to move out to VA or Iowa to avoid the massive amounts of garbage.

  • The truth is the city spend millions of tax dollars on street sweepers that can’t actually handle large volumes of leaves, especially wet leaves. Now they want us to believe it has something to do with ice? Ha ha ha. That’s as rich as Fenty and Rhee touting the “test scores rising over three years” instead of mentioning how they fell during the past one year. PR lies.

  • In Germany, everyone wakes up early and goes outside and sweeps/cleans their own sidewalks in front of their house. Maybe if people took a little personal pride in their 10 feet of sidewalk we wouldn’t need the city to do it for us. Maybe we could even pick up the piece of trash on our way to the bus stop instead of counting how many pieces there are. Personal responsibility – now that is really thinking outside the box.

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