Residential Street Sweeping Starts, Enforcement Including Tickets and Towing Starts March 11


Residential street sweeping starts today – from DPW:

The 2013 residential street sweeping season begins Friday, 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 enforced so the sweepers can clean the streets effectively. Parking enforcement of residential sweeping violations will begin Monday, March 11, to give motorists a few days to get used to the parking restrictions.

“The residential street sweeping program is among our most successful operations to keep DC streets clean,” said DPW Director William O. Howland Jr. “We have expanded it over the years to accommodate more and more residents willing to move their cars to allow the sweepers access to the curb lane where debris and pollutants collect. We also want to make sure commuters and visitors are aware that the parking restriction applies to all motorists and a $30 ticket can be issued for violating the restriction.”

Mr. Howland noted that beginning in 2012, DPW established March 1 through October 31 as residential street sweeping season and this information appears on the signs posted where the program is in effect.

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.

Beginning March 11, 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.

DPW 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. In addition to sweeping residential streets during spring, summer and fall, DPW also sweeps commercial streets overnight year-round, and parking restrictions also apply.

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  • This is such a money-maker for the city. I rarely see them sweep the streets, but the ticket patrol is always ready 5 mins before. If only the sweeping was as efficient as the ticketing…

    • This is absurd. Yes, they do sweep the streets.

      • I have personal experience to back up the fact that V and W from 13 to 14 did not get swept one time in 2012, despite the signs being present.

        I also have personal experience to back up that 25th between L and M met a similar fate.

      • Sorry, Boris. They don’t sweep in my neighborhood either, but the ticketing is always enforced. It’s a total scam.

        • Well, they always sweep my street, so I guess Bill Howland likes me better.

        • They sweep my street too, and I have to say it helps quite a bit.

        • They sweep my street every week. Sometimes the guy drives too fast, though, and the trash doesn’t get scooped up by the machine.

          Anyway, I’m happy they’re coming back, even though moving the car is a pain in the ass. The streets are looking mighty trashy.

    • I agree, I think it should be identified as a “fishing expedition” for parking ticket revenue.

    • DPW does a wonderful job sweeping.

      Not so bad, either, to sweep away the ROSA-violating cars that get parked for weeks on end.

  • I cry BS on a supervisor comes along and checks the street sweeping. I park my car on R between 14th and 15th and I can never tell if the sweeper even came by. A supervisor checking work would mean accountability in the D.C. government. Doesn’t exist.

  • does this mean they will finally take the grave of old christmas trees away on Q st?

  • How many tickets do you think they’ll give out between March 1 and 11 because Parking Services didn’t get, or understand, or care about the memo that enforcement starts later?

    I wouldn’t use this is a pass, I assume I’ll have to fight a ticket if I do.

    • No kidding. This statement is worth exactly zero f#cks. I guarantee that parking patrols won’t get this message and people will just pay the ticket in order not deal with the hassle of fighting it. I’d rather they just start enforcing the rules on March 1 instead of giving out contradictory information that won’t be properly enforced.

      • saf

        “I’d rather they just start enforcing the rules on March 1 instead of giving out contradictory information that won’t be properly enforced.”

        Yeah, that would be the best way to go.

        “I guarantee that parking patrols won’t get this message and people will just pay the ticket in order not deal with the hassle of fighting it.”

        And this is why they get away with it – citizens do not hold them accountable.

  • Oh thank god…walking through some of the trashiest streets in DC gave me flash backs of Mogadishu.

  • observing, not bitching. i dont care if they sweep the streets, but I care that the correct information is available.

  • If they banned carry out joints they wouldn’t even need to sweep my street.

    • This. The combination of styrofoam and chicken wing bones throughout the gutters in the neighborhood is absurd.

    • Hmm, not on my street. This week I picked up a plastic bag, smashed cigarette box, soggy paper towels, chips bag, and one of those “Hello My Name Is” badges. Even though I share an alley with carry-outs I don’t seem to get any of their trash.

      • yeah, i guess it’s not the only trash on my block, but everyone does a good job of cleaning up after the litterers. but the carryout trash is bad for us.

  • Related rave/rant:

    Rave: Street sweeping will mean less litter in the gutter for me to pick up on my block.

    Rant: Warmer weather means the “corner boys” will be hanging out on the sidewalk more often, which means more litter on the sidewalk for me to pick up. I wish that if they were going to litter, they could at least throw their damn litter in the gutter.

  • So this means I can sweep the wet, rotting pile of leaves on the curb into the street so they can be swept up? They’ve only been sitting there since before the New Year when the city failed to make a scheduled second pass with the leaf trucks. Multiple calls to 311 didn’t make the leaf trucks re-appear. At least my street gets swept. Every week!

  • So, in theory the little golf carts with the leaf blowers are supposed to brush the trash “onto a conveyor system, which transports the material into a debris hopper”? Because I try to make note of the trash I see in the morning during street sweeping season, and most often it’s still there in the afternoon. But my car isn’t, which has been given a $130 “courtesy” tow to allow them to blow the trash around into different spots on the street.

  • $30 ticket my ass. It’s $30 ticket for parking in the street sweeping side PLUS $100 for the courtesy tow they give you around the corner. So really it’s $130 for a simple violation.

    They used to not charge for the courtesy tow but started charging in late 2011 for it.

    And yes, they will ticket you even if you park right after the sweeper comes. I’ve never seen a sweeper sweep the same street twice but you can be damn sure you’ll still get a ticket and a tow.

  • Cannot tell you how many years I lived here before I realized these rules are not enforced year round :^) Like they taught us in school, first thing you do is read the instructions.

  • I emailed DPW asking if there was a list or a map of streets in DC where drivers must move their vehicles for street sweeping. I got a pretty quick response: “no”. I was also told that drivers typically move to the other side of the street, which would have been a fine answer had I asked where I should move my car.

    • That seems like a silly question to ask DPW. Each neighborhood and each street has a different sweeping schedule. Just read the signs on your street and move your car.

      • Except that DPW runs the street sweeping service. Of course you can see the street signs and know whether or not you have to move. DPW not knowing what streets its even tasked with cleaning/ticketing is a different issue altogether. If you don’t know where you are supposed to be cleaning (other than “every single street”), how would you manage the task? It’s not that dissimilar from DDOT not knowing which parking zones are where.

  • Blah, street cleaning is spotty. Some weeks they do a great job, other weeks they seem to forget to do my block altogether.

  • They were actually ticketing today (Mon 3.4.13) on Kenyon St NW in CH. The parking staff actually told me that they were issuing tickets since the street sweeping ‘memo’ stated that it wasn’t going to start until Mon 3.11.13. I believe a neighbor called Mr. Graham’s office & got this squared away.

    • Yes. I got a ticket today for parking in a rush hour zone, even though I was on the appropriate side of the street for street cleaning. In fact, pretty much every car on Kenyon St NW got the ticket! I believe the DPW is going to get a lot of angry calls and letters!

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