18418DPW/DMV/DDOT Holds Joint Web Chat; Street Sweeping Begins Mon., 3/10
- Mar 7, 2014
DPW/DMV/DDOT Directors Hold Joint Web Chat, Mon. 3/10, Noon
Citizens Invited Ask Questions Re: Enforcement, Adjudication, Regulations, Signage
William O. Howland, Jr. of the Department of Public Works (DPW), Lucinda M. Babers of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV), and Terry Bellamy of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will address parking questions during a live web chat on Monday, March 10, 2014, from noon-2:00 pm. DDOT, DPW and DC DMV are the agencies that regulate, enforce and adjudicate parking in the District of Columbia.
To participate in the session once it has begun, place dpw.dc.gov/livechat into your search browser or visit any of the hosting agencies’ websites at www.dmv.dc.gov, www.dpw.dc.gov or www.ddot.dc.gov and click on the chat link included in the agency’s press release announcing the event. A transcript of the chat session can be reviewed after the session by following the same instructions listed above to join the discussion.
You may also follow @DDOTDC, @DCDPW, @DCDMV on Twitter and submit your questions using the hashtag #parkingchat.
WHAT: Live, One-Hour Chat to Discuss Parking with DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr., DC DMV Director Lucinda M. Babers and DDOT Director Terry Bellamy
WHEN: Monday, March 10, 2014, from noon-2:00 pm
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DPW Street Sweeping Begins Mon., 3/10
Tickets Are $45.
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.
“The residential street sweeping program is among our most successful operations to keep DC streets clean,” said Director Howland. “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.”
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 10, 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.
For more information about street sweeping, go to www.dpw.dc.gov.
Kevin B. Twine
Office Of The Director
Department of Public Works
2000 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
DPW Main: 202-673-6833
As you spring forward, check your smoke alarm. It may be time for a new one. The DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department provides free installations of smoke alarms for owner-occupied District homes. Request an installation at http://311.dc.gov or call 202-673-3331.