City-wide street sweeping begins soon

Weather permitting, an annual rite of spring in Minneapolis begins Tuesday, April 9. That’s when Public Works crews will start a comprehensive sweeping of all city streets and alleys to clean up a winter’s worth of dirt and grime left behind by melting ice and snow.

From April 9 through May 3, sweepers will sweep all 1,000 miles of city streets and parkways. To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets and parkways are clear of parked vehicles.

In the two weeks before the comprehensive street sweeping begins, crews will be out sweeping parkways around town as needed. As with the case with the citywide street sweeping, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of the parkway sweeping.

Street sweeping does more than keep neighborhoods clean and livable: it protects our environment by reducing the amount of leaves and debris that wash down storm drains into our lakes and waterways. When plant material goes down a storm drain, it flows directly into our lakes and waterways where it decomposes and encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae. 

 

Published Mar. 27, 2013