Residential Street Sweeping Season Starts March 1st

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From DDOT:

The 2012 residential street sweeping season begins Thursday, March 1, announced the DC Department of Public Works today. Signs are posted that identify the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be in effect so the sweepers can clean the streets effectively. Parking enforcement of residential sweeping violations will begin Monday, March 12.

Mr. Howland noted that the sweeping program runs from March 1 through October 31 and some signs have been changed since last year’s sweeping season. “This year, we are revising signs in residential neighborhoods with commercial interests to support their customers’ access to curbside parking spaces during the day. For example, DPW posted new times in the 1400 block of P Street, NW where Whole Foods and several restaurants form a commercial island within a residential neighborhood.”

He cautioned motorists to avoid parking along sweeping routes before that day’s restriction ends. “A supervisor follows behind the sweeper and may require the block to be swept again, so no one should park until the end of the posted sweeping period,” he said.

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13 Comment

  • thanks for the reminder!

  • Can’t be enough days for this in Columbia Heights, its like one big garbage can!

    • Amen…

      I’ve seen landfills cleaner than the streets of Columbia Heights. It is beyond ridiculous.

      • +1 I was back in the area after three months of living in a new neighborhood. Couldn’t believe the amount of trash on the streets.

    • orderedchaos

      I really do love a lot about living here, but it’s ridiculous how some folks treat their own neighborhood like a dumping ground. F’rinstance, a plastic bag with a styrofoam food container in it was left in our treebox overnight — and there’s a public trashcan at the end of the block. Lazy jagoffs.

      • That is kinda the point…it “isn’t” their neighborhood so they don’t care.

        You should walk the streets east/west between Georgia Ave and 14th St sometime. Constant flow of people from east of Georgia walking towards Columbia Heights dropping chicken bones and empty 40’s along the way as they go.

        Been this way for decades in DC. Doesn’t matter how much money one spends on street cleaning, educational and job training programs, sometimes the only answer to cleaner streets (crime/trash etc) is gentrification.

      • I live in the Allegro and the cleaning crew cleans up the entire length of the block around 10. By 11 it’s “trashed” again. Even when I lived in Mt. P, it was bad. It’s probably my biggest pet peeve (well, that and graffitti) and it just baffles me why people can’t use one of the many trash cans in the neighborhood. Still, I love the CoHi diversity.

  • Great. Here come the flurry of $100 tickets.

  • I live in petworth now but it never ceases to amaze me how much trash is on the metro plaza on the west side of 14th. Its totally filthy. Why did the City even bother trying to make something nice when so many people who live close by are just gonna trash it? I don’t understand why the teenagers in “custody” in the City aren’t tasked with picking up trash for community service.

  • So is enforcement starting on March 1 or March 12?

  • Where are the Thursday streets? Planning around travel. Let the games begin!

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