Detroit street sweepers begin cleaning 2,000 miles of residential streets

Detroit street sweepers begin cleaning 2,000 miles of residential streets
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Spring cleaning in Detroit began this week as crews from the Department of Public Works (DPW) hit the streets for the annual residential street sweeping program.

They started on the northeast side and will sweep 2,000 miles of side streets three times this year. Each sweep takes about 10 weeks to complete.

This 10-week citywide sweeping cycles will run until November, with crews clearing nearly 330 blocks per day. In order to do this effectively, the city will post signs in each neighborhood in advance of the sweepers’ arrival asking residents to remove parked vehicles from the street on the day sweeping is scheduled to take place. This will allow safe passage of the sweeper and maximum cleaning of the streets.

“We expect the program to run much more efficiently this year, because residents are now used to it and our drivers have more experience,” says Doug Collins, superintendent of DPW’s Solid Waste Division. “Our residents deserve and appreciate this service and our crews take great pride in doing their part to enhance city neighborhoods.”

No parking signs will be posted 48 hours in advance letting residents know when their blocks and neighborhoods will be swept.

The program was re-instituted last year by Mayor Mike Duggan. It was the first time in seven years neighborhood streets were swept. The program was discontinued in 2010 due to city budget cuts.

A map containing the citywide street sweeping schedule is available by clicking here.

If you have questions or need to report any concerns regarding the program, please call 313 224-3901.

— Lead photo via Wikimedia/Dwight Burdette

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