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Heads Up: DPW Street Sweeping Begins Mon., 3/10 (for real this time) Tickets Are $45.

by Prince Of Petworth — March 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm 9 Comments

Photo by flickr user Nic Taylor Photography

From DPW:

“The Department of Public Works today announced its decision to postpone the start of the 2014 residential street sweeping season to Monday, March 10, due to a heavy snow storm predicted for Monday, March 3. The employees who drive the sweepers are the same employees who drive snow plows and until the streets are clear of snow, the sweepers will be ineffective.

In the District, the start of the street sweeping program is as much a harbinger of spring as jelly beans and crocuses,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “We are disappointed that winter snow is forcing us to delay cleaning those streets that haven’t seen a sweeper since October 31.”

Director Howland suggested motorists use this extra week to familiarize themselves with the signs that designate which streets have restricted parking during sweeping hours. 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 10.”

Ed. Note: Wait, jelly beans are a harbinger of spring?

  • soozles

    PoP, I think the spring-jellybeans connection relates to Easter. That’s what goes in those little plastic easter eggs. : )

    • Anonymous

      Give him a break. Considering his background, the traditions of Easter are probably rather foreign to him.

    • Ah cool – no I appreciate the explanation!

  • Anonymous

    great, im glad to see there’s a 50% fine increase over last year. Looks like the old street cleaning racket is going to bring in DC an even bigger “budget” surplus this year.

  • Anonymous

    For the record, I never notice the streets more or less dirty with the coming and going of ‘street cleaning’

    • Anonymous

      it isn’t, its one of DC’s biggest money generating scams that’s blatantly a farce

    • DC Dawg

      Glad I’m not the only one. Do the sweepers even contact the street when they running?

    • Anon

      I have to say the street sweepers do actually serve a purpose other that generating ticket revenue. I live in Dupont and the streets get filthy with trash and debris. Many people that park/walk around here still can’t figure out trash cans, so we end up litter along along the curbs within a week. I like to see the sweepers come through. They generally pick up most of what has accumulated. As well, the curbs do need to be clean to flow rainwater. The city may take advantage of the service to generate income, but running the sweepers does actually clean the streets.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone had any experience with getting a street cleaned by DPW where there weren’t street sweeping signs?


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