Street sweeping set to begin April 12

Weather permitting, an annual rite of spring in Minneapolis begins Tuesday, April 12. Thats when Public Works crews are set to begin a comprehensive sweeping of all city streets to clean up all the dirt and grime the melting ice and snow left behind on our streets. Some downtown night sweeping and parkway sweeping, both with parking restrictions, started this week, while alley sweeping began on April 4, and will continue until all alleys are swept. Over the course of approximately four weeks, sweepers will take care of all 1,100 miles of city streets.

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 are clear of parked vehicles. Residents need to follow street sweep parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

Clean streets mean a healthier environment

Minneapolis streets are swept completely curb to curb once in the spring and once in the fall.

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. 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.

Published Apr. 7, 2011