Courtesy of D.C. Department of Public Works
Courtesy of D.C. Department of Public Works

The Bowser administration announced Tuesday that the Department of Public Works (DPW) has begun residential street sweeping.

The program will run through Oct. 30, and motorists are asked to obey posted signs indicating the schedule of parking restrictions in order to ensure streets are swept thoroughly.

“The District’s residential street sweeping program is an important tool used to keep the District clean,” said DPW Director Christopher Geldart. “Last year, our sweepers collected more than 2,187 tons of litter and pollutants as they traveled more than 31,095 miles across the city. In addition to sweeping neighborhoods where parking is restricted during sweeping hours, we also sweep neighborhoods where there are no parking restrictions, as well as sections of arterial roadways.”

To remind motorists of the restrictions, DPW will issue warnings until Friday, March 6 to vehicles parked during the sweeping periods. After March 6, violators will be subject to $45 fines.

Generally, parking is prohibited for two hours (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) while sweeping is underway. When parking is allowed on only one side of the street, vehicles can park on one side, and may park on the other side the following day.

“We want to thank motorists in advance for keeping the curb lanes clear so the sweepers can clean the streets,” Geldart said. “Their cooperation is what makes the program successful.”

For more information about street sweeping, go to dpw.dc.gov.

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