District Snow Officials Remind Residents of Alley Policy

The following message regarding the city’s policy on plowing alleys and trash pickup was released on area listservs today. As much of Ward 1 has normal trash collection in the alleys, it may be a few days before things get back to normal.

(Washington, D.C.) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Department of Public Works (DPW) want to remind residents that as a policy the District does not plow alleys.

“The District does not plow alleys,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr.  “We do not have the resources and in the majority of the alleys there is no place to push the snow.  It would be too difficult and labor intensive to plow any type of alley, whether narrow or wide, in the District.”

Tune into the local media or check DPW’s Web site — www.dpw.dc.gov — for trash collection news.

“We are receiving numerous requests from residents, higher than in years past,” said DDOT Director Gabe Klein.  “Our crews are focused on clearing the District’s 1100 miles of roadway, in particular the residential and side streets.  We just do not have the resources to plow alleys.”

Additional information on the District’s snow plan can be found at www.ddot.dc.gov.

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