Get ready for street sweeping; spread the word to prevent tickets, tows
Public Works crews are gearing up to start the City’s comprehensive street sweeping to clear away the grime from winter. The City has scheduled Tuesday, April 11, for the first day of sweeping. Some sweeping – including a limited amount with parking enforcement – will start sooner, but the major efforts begin the second week of April. Drivers parking at home or around the city should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs to avoid a ticket and tow.
From April 11 through May 5, 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. Make sure to follow street sweeping parking rules or you may have your car 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 as weather permits. They are scheduled to begin sweeping and cleaning parkways Wednesday, March 22, weather permitting. 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 4 or as conditions permit. Crews will also sweep some downtown streets at night beginning April 5 (or as conditions permit), and temporary parking restrictions may be posted between midnight and 5 a.m.
Watch for notifications and help spread the word
- “No Parking” signs: Crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned 7 a.m.-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 parking again. Remember not to 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: You can use a tool on the City’s website to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through your neighborhood. By Friday, April 7, you can go to www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup” to find out which week your street is scheduled to be swept. The weekend before that week, you can revisit the website to find out which day of the week your street is scheduled.
- Videos: Street sweeping is explained in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong in short videos. Share links to the videos with friends, neighbors or City customers who speak these languages.
- Social media posts: Street sweeping information will be posted on the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Like the City’s Facebook page @CityofMinneapolis and follow the City’s Twitter account @CityMinneapolis, and be sure to share or retweet street sweeping notifications.
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, trash and other pollutants 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 plants in the water support harmful aquatic plants and algae.
Published Mar 22, 2017