Fall street sweeping begins Oct. 20
Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city Tuesday, Oct. 20. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean up about 1,100 miles of city streets.
To make sure the sweepers can do the best job possible, drivers will need to park out of their way so they can do a thorough job cleaning our roadways. City crews will post temporary “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow street sweeping parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.
Help spread the word about street sweeping to prevent your friends and neighbors from getting ticketed and towed:
- Social media: The City will use Facebook and Twitter to post periodic street sweeping updates and information.
- Videos: Street sweeping is explained in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong as part of the City’s “Did you know ...” series of short videos.
Folks can use a feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods. The tool will be available at www.minneapolismn.gov/streetsweeping. The fall street sweep takes four weeks, and the website will show which week any street is scheduled to be swept. Then, starting on each weekend, the daily sweeping schedule for the upcoming week will display.
Clean streets mean a healthier environment
Minneapolis is known for its sparkling lakes and waterways, and we want to keep it that way. That’s why 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.
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, can cause safety hazards, and is 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 Oct 6, 2015