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

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

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