Did You Remember to Remove Your Car for the Street Sweeper TODAY?
Daytime Residential Street Sweeping Resumes March 24,
Ticketing Begins March 31
Daytime mechanical street sweeping resumed today in heavily trafficked residential neighborhoods. Alternate-side parking restrictions in these areas will go into effect as well. Parking tickets, which carry a $30 fine, will be issued, beginning March 31, to vehicles parked during street sweeping hours in areas posted with “No Parking/Street Cleaning” signs. Additionally, parked cars may be towed to allow the sweepers access to the curbside. Generally, parking is prohibited for two hours while sweeping is underway.
When street sweepers are able to successfully complete their route, the pay off is tremendous. Based on a recent study, each mile swept mechanically removes 10 pounds of grease and oil; three pounds of nitrates and phosphates; and, one to two pounds of heavy metals.
DPW street sweepers cover about 4,000 lane miles monthly, removing litter by brushing it 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. Street sweeping is suspended during winter as the sprayed water can freeze on the street and cause dangerous driving conditions. For more about the DC Department of Public Work's street cleaning program, visit www.dpw.dc.gov.
Public Affairs Specialist
DC Department of Public Works
2000 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 671-2637, 671-0642 (fax)