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Daytime Residential Street Sweeping Resumes March 26

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

(Washington, DC) Daylight saving time is coming and so is mechanical street sweeping in the District’s most heavily trafficked neighborhoods, starting Monday, March 26, 2007. Also, alternate-side parking restrictions in these areas will return. Parking tickets, which carry a $30 fine, will be issued, beginning April 2, 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.

Weekly street cleaning routes can be found across the city in high-density neighborhoods, especially areas with significant foot traffic, such as Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and parts of Capitol Hill.  Street sweeping reduces debris that otherwise would be carried by rain and runoff into the city’s storm drains, polluting the District’s rivers. The sweepers remove litter from the street by brushing it onto a conveyor system, which transports the material into a debris hopper. The sweeper also distributes a fine spray of water to help control dust. During winter, sweeping occurs only when the weather is warm enough that the water will not freeze on the street.   

Residents and businesses also play a role in maintaining street cleanliness. District law requires property owners to sweep or keep the area in front of their homes or businesses clean 18 inches from the curb line into the street.