Sign of Spring Part Two – Street Sweeping Resumes Monday (Assuming No More Snow?)

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From DPW:

“The Department of Public Works announced today that residential mechanical street sweeping will resume Monday, March 2. 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. The fine for violating this restriction is $45.

The program represents a true commitment by residents who have committed to move their vehicles when sweeping is underway. “To become part of the program, we require 80 percent of the residents to sign a petition pledging to honor the parking restrictions,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “Their cooperation is what makes the program successful.”

Mr. Howland noted DPW established March 1 through October 31 in 2012 as residential street sweeping season and this information appears on the signs where the program is in effect. He asked motorists to obey the times parking is restricted. “A supervisor follows behind the sweeper and may require the block to be swept again, so don’t park until the end of the posted sweeping period,” he said. Beginning March 2, 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 (weather permitting), and parking restrictions also apply.”

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  • oddly enough they’ve been street sweeping all winter in ledroit park.

  • west_egg

    Takeaway: If your weeks-overdue trash pickup hasn’t taken place by the time your street is scheduled for sweeping, take the garbage around front and dump it in the gutter.

    • west_egg

      (Please don’t.)

      • Especially since the vacuum-type things they use don’t seem to be strong enough to pick up litter that’s remotely heavy, like glass bottles. (I meant to ask DPW about this during their live chat today, but forgot about it until the chat was almost over.)

  • I saw a robin dart about a snow-covered holly tree over the weekend!
    Also, Prince, as with your notorious “last snowman of the year” forecast, please don’t jinx us with statements about no more snow :^0

  • Anyone know why Harvard and Columbia Road NW have 7am-7pm parking prohibitions during street sweeping days? It is only on the side of the street that does NOT become a travel lane during rush hour.

    • I’d re-check the signs. The non-resident parking restriction changes sides on street sweeping days and the side being swept becomes open during rush hour. There is always one side that is resident only on those streets.

  • Every single effin’ garbage bag and piece of recycling better be picked up before DPW employees start with street sweeping.

    • +1

      Need to address more pressing needs such as the backlog in trash / recycling due to holidays and recent weather events. I’ll throw pothole filling as another item that needs attention first.

      March 1 is far too early to start the program when snow and ice are still in the immediate forecast. March 15 is much more reasonable.

  • Harvard, Columbia, Irving & Kenyon are major East/West routes that all have parking on only one side of the street all day. (Except for Columbia Rd. which used to have one-side parking only, and still should – but some fool put up wrong signs and no amount of work will get DC govt. to correct this. )

    The two-hour sweeping times are for streets where daytime parking is allowed on both sides.

  • did the fine go up? i thought it was 30 or 35 before.

    i get many of these tickets despite setting a phone alarm to remind myself…sigh.

    • Regardless of the amount of the fine, they neglect to mention the $100 relocation tow fee.

      • I’ve seen a lot of tickets but never a tow. Is it fairly common?

        • It happens in waves – not frequently, but a rush all at once. I’m not opposed to it – there are few things more frustrating than trying to navigate morning rush hour with one less lane to work with – but it’s disingenuous for DPW to suggest that the ticket will only be $45.

      • yeah i got smacked with the tow and posted about it before. away on work travel for the week and forgot to give my car key to roomie to move. $100 tow fee, $35 street sweeping ticket and 2 more tickets for not paying the meter they towed me in front of. kinda bullshit that they can tow you to a meter spot. at this point i assume i will pay ~$200 a year for random parking violations. even though i try to be on top of it, i just kind of chalk it up as the cost of street parking a car.

    • Yeah, I thought it was $35 before.

  • My neighborhood listserv just announced that residential street sweeping has been postponed until March 9th.

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