Spring street sweeping begins soon
Weather permitting, an annual rite of spring in Minneapolis begins Wednesday, April 13. That’s when Public Works crews plan to begin the comprehensive street sweeping program to clean up the dirt and grime melting ice and snow leave behind. Some sweeping will start sooner, but the major efforts begin citywide Wednesday, April 13. Beginning Tuesday, April 12, drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs to avoid a ticket and tow.
From April 13 through May 9, sweeping crews will take care of nearly 1,000 miles of city streets. To make sure the crews can do the most complete job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweeping parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
Even though the citywide comprehensive street sweeping program has not yet begun, crews have already started sweeping some commercial corridors at night. They are scheduled to begin sweeping and cleaning parkways March 28. As is the case with the citywide street sweeping, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours before the parkway sweeping. Crews are scheduled to start sweeping alleys April 5 or as conditions permit. Crews will also sweep select downtown streets at night, and temporary parking restrictions may be posted between midnight and 5 a.m. beginning Wednesday, March 23, or as conditions allow.
- “No Parking” signs: Crews will post “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. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Drivers should not park along these streets until these temporary “No Parking” signs are removed.
- Phone calls to residents: In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their streets will be swept the next day.
- Interactive Web tool: Folks can use a tool on the City’s website to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods. By the Friday before the first week of the sweep, people can go to www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup” to find out which week a street is scheduled to be swept. The weekend before that week, they can revisit the website to find out which day of the week the street is scheduled to be swept.
- Videos: Street sweeping is explained in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong in short videos at www.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channels 14 and 79. See how and why Minneapolis sweeps streets and what you can do to help keep streets and waterways clean. Please share these videos with City residents you interact with on the job and with folks in your personal network.
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 trash 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 anything else 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, creeks and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.
Published Mar 22, 2016