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Reminder: Residential Street Sweeping Begins on Friday

February 27, 2013

From the listservs:

Residential Street Sweeping To Begin Mar. 1

The 2013 residential street sweeping season begins Friday, March 1, announced the DC Department of Public Works today.  Signs are posted that identify the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced so the sweepers can clean the streets effectivelyParking enforcement of residential sweeping violations will begin Monday, March 11, to give motorists a few days to get used to the parking restrictions.

“The residential street sweeping program is among our most successful operations to keep DC streets clean,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr.  “We have expanded it over the years to accommodate more and more residents willing to move their cars to allow the sweepers access to the curb lane where debris and pollutants collect.  We also want to make sure commuters and visitors are aware that the parking restriction applies to all motorists and a $30 ticket can be issued for violating the restriction.”

Mr. Howland noted that beginning in 2012, DPW established March 1 through October 31 as residential street sweeping season and this information appears on the signs posted where the program is in effect.

He cautioned motorists to avoid parking along sweeping routes before that day’s restriction ends.  “A supervisor follows behind the sweeper and may require the block to be swept again, so no one should park until the end of the posted sweeping period,” he said.

Beginning March 11, parked cars also may be towed to allow the sweepers access to the curbside. Generally, parking is prohibited for two hours while sweeping is underway.

DPW street sweepers cover about 4,000 lane miles monthly, removing litter and pollutants by brushing them onto a conveyor system, which transports the material into a debris hopper. The sweeper also emits a fine spray of water to help control dust.  In addition to sweeping residential streets during spring, summer and fall, DPW also sweeps commercial streets overnight year-round, and parking restrictions also apply.

For more information about street sweeping, go to


Adopt-A-Block Program — Helps Keep Communities Clean

February 23, 2011

Per signage around the block, the Park View Condominiums at 610 Irving Street, NW, are part of DC’s Clean City Initiative. Adopt-A-Block offers a hands-on project for people and organizations. The program allows participants to make a noticeable contribution to their communities.

To be a part of the clean&greenDC: Adopt-A-Block Program, a group:

  • Adopts a minimum of 2 square blocks of a residential or commercial area;
  • Agrees to conduct a quarterly clean-up day and weekly litter pickup in the adopted area; and,
  • Maintains this agreement for 2 years.

Interested to Adopt a Block? Learn more.


New Street Cleaning Signs Announce Changes in Service

February 4, 2011

A work crew installing new street cleaning signs on Rock Creek Church Road, NW

Earlier today I noticed that work crews were in the neighborhood removing old signs and replacing them with new versions indicating a change in street cleaning service/days. I also noticed these new signs on Euclid Street down by Howard University. While I don’t know how extensively these signs will be distributed, I think residents need to be on the lookout for them.

They new signs are easy to spot as you can see can see from the image below. Not only are they new and shiny, they now include a graphic of a street sweeper and broad red borders at the top and bottom. Most significantly, in addition to the image and change of day, the new signs now include seasonal start and end dates of March 1-October 31.

This is a huge. Previously, residents have had to guess, wait for emails, or hope to find such information on the Department of Public Works (DPW) Web site. It had mostly become a game to figure out when parking restrictions were being enforced and when they would end. This is one of the better service improvements I’ve seen the City make in a while.

New street cleaning signs now include seasonal start and stop dates


Reminder: Street Cleaning Starts Today (3/22/10)

March 22, 2010

Mini street sweeperStreet cleaning, and the alternate side parking that comes with it, begins today. Fortunately, if you forget to move your car this week, ticket enforcement will not begin until next week (March 29th). You can read more details from the DPW announcement here>>

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