Spring street sweeping begins April 14; watch for no parking signs

An annual rite of spring begins Tuesday, April 14 in Minneapolis as crews hit the streets for the comprehensive street sweep to clean up our neighborhoods and improve the environment. If you park on the street, you have a role to play too. Watch for "No Parking" signs posted on city streets and make sure to move your car to avoid a ticket and tow.

Crews will sweep about 35-40 miles each day (80 curb miles) and over the course of five weeks, sweepers will take care of all 1,100 miles of city streets. The City's comprehensive alley sweeping program began on March 30 and will continue until all alleys are done.

Clean streets mean a healthier environment

Minneapolis is known for its sparking lakes and waterways and protecting and enhancing our environment is one of the City's top priorities. Street sweeping is one way we work to protect our environment because it keeps leaves and debris from clogging our storm drains and polluting our lakes and rivers. It also helps keep our neighborhoods clean and livable.

Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae. Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways and it’s against the law.

April 9, 2009

Published Apr 8, 2009