Residential Street Sweeping Start Date Pushed to Monday, March 16th

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From DPW:

“The Department of Public Works is postponing the start of the residential mechanical street sweeping program to Monday, March 16 because of continuing winter storms and subfreezing temperatures.. This seasonal sanitation program is scheduled to run each year from March 1-October 31 but the start has been delayed in the past because of weather.

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. Street sweeping parking restrictions will not be enforced until the sweeping program resumes March 16.

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 9, 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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  • I assume that’s a typo above? “Beginning March 9, parked cars also may be towed to allow the sweepers access to the curbside.”

  • I wish they would say specifically where we are supposed to park in neighborhoods that have alternate-side rush hour parking for street sweeping. Last week about half my neighbors switched, and half stayed. I’m really worried they’ll tow me.

    • This is exactly why the parking restrictions should be enforced regardless of whether or not the street is actually cleaned. This is why specific dates are now (after years of pleading with the govt.) printed on the signs – to avoid confusion and blocking the streets. Just hope no one you love needs an ambulance on these days, because it takes an extra 5-10 min. to get through.

      • Yes, I agree. The signs have dates, so it seems obvious we should follow them, whether or not they will actually be sweeping. But I don’t want to be on the other side all by my lonesome, because if there’s a single car blocking a rush hour lane it’s going to get towed, no matter what the sign says.

    • west_egg

      That’s a tough call; because in situations like these, all that snow severely restricts availability of street parking. No need to make an already-bad situation even worse on streets that don’t have alternate-side rush hour parking for street sweeping — which is certainly a majority of streets.

  • Accountering

    It is supposed to be beautiful starting tomorrow and for the next ten days… This is nonsensical. Winter is over, tomorrow. Thanks Muriel.

    • The snow is unlikely to have melted by Monday, particularly on shady streets like mine. What’s the point of driving sweepers all over the city if they can’t even get to the curb?

      • west_egg

        I’m sure there will also be plenty of garbage pickup to catch up on — delaying street sweeping another week seems like a good call to me.

  • Accountering

    High tomorrow is 45. High Sunday is 48. High Monday is 54. I can safely assume there will no longer be snow on the streets (perhaps a bit still on the grass) come Monday.
    The fact that they have allowed trash pick-up to fall so far behind is another issue entirely, that the city should be rightly embarrassed about.

    • Except for those big chunks of ice/snow that plows leave all over the sides of the street. Snowmageddon clumps stuck around long into April if I recall. This snow will need a full week to full be gone.

  • I’m supportive of street cleaning, and we move our cars, but I have NEVER seen a street sweeper on my street. So there’s that. (I did in Dupont…not where we are now)

    • Weekly street sweeping is a racket, pure and simple. I live on a street without street sweeping and it’s no more dirty than those that are swept every week. Sweep a couple time a year, sure. but every week is ludicrous and just a money maker for the city.

      • Accountering

        I am curious how you think this is a money maker? The tickets presumably? I tend to think the cost of street sweeping VASTLY exceeds the revenue from street sweeping tickets.

        • I find that hard to believe. Here in SW, they make probably $1500 a block in street sweeping tickets and the associated tow fees. It’s $45 + $150 x 10 cars per block = $1950. That pays for a whole bunch of street sweepers and tow truck drivers.

  • Let’s not forget the street sweeping program is ALSO a key part in the revenue generation. The $45 ticket is often accompanied by a $150 tow ticket, and the fun adventure actually finding your car. I watched them tow one car into a metered spot, where it got 5 or 6 MORE tickets before the owner finally found it nearly a week later.

    They “sweep” the side streets near 4th and I in SW once a week on both sides, which often includes the street weeper just sitting in his vehicle for 30-45 minutes playing on his phone. He then leaves without doing anything. This is a less traveled side street. They do NOT sweep the major roads that still have tons of sand and gravel from the Winter of 2014.

  • Just a little follow up to this: There are cars parked on both side of my block of Columbia Rd this morning, so it was one lane-only during rush hour, and there is still snow in the road, so street sweepers couldn’t have swept it today.

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