Spring Street Sweeping
Monday, May 30, 2016
Beginning on Thursday, May 26th, 2016, the DPW&P will begin sweeping in the areas bounded by:
Highland St (from Park Ave to Lancaster St), Lancaster St (from Highland St to Salisbury St), Salisbury St (from Lancaster St to Lincoln Sq.), Major Taylor Blvd (from Lincoln Sq. to Foster St), Foster St (from Major Taylor Blvd to Franklin St), Francis McGrath Blvd (from Franklin St to Madison St), Madison St (from Francis McGrath Blvd to Main St), Chandler St (from Main St to Park Ave), and Park Ave (from Chandler St to Highland St).
Also in areas bounded by: Park Ave. (from Salisbury St. to Highland St.), Highland St. (from Park Ave. to Wachusett St.), and Wachusett St.
The annual Spring Street Sweeping program typically starts the first week in April and takes 8 to 10 weeks to complete. DPW&P will sweep arterial streets from 11:30 PM to 7:30 AM Monday through Friday, and residential streets from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday.
Street crews will post signs on residential streets prior to its scheduled sweeping to advise abutters. DPW&P will furnish the Worcester Telegram with a weekly schedule for the street sweeping program. DPW&P will also have its street sweeping schedule available to cable television subscribers on the Local Government Access Channel. Residents can tune into cable channel 192 to see weekly updates of the areas where DPW&P crews will be sweeping streets. Each year the DPW&P receives complaints from people disturbed that residents place debris and yard waste into the street after their streets have been swept. In addition to compromising the clean-up efforts made in a neighborhood, re-sweeping adds a substantial cost and delays completion of the sweeping program. This action is also a violation of City ordinances. As in past years, those placing debris in the street after it is swept will be informed that they are violating city ordinances and subject to a fine. Similarly, yard waste must not be swept into streets, but rather delivered to any of the DPW&P Yard Waste Drop-Off Sites.
Abutters are requested to sweep sidewalks and esplanade areas in anticipation of our street sweepers. Citizens are also asked to clean sidewalks in front of vacant lots and public areas like traffic islands. Their cooperation would be most helpful since wind-borne litter carried from adjacent sidewalks and parking areas can nullify the results of a well-swept street.
The public is also asked to cooperate by moving parked cars that may interfere with both the arterial and residential street sweeping program. Vehicles that interfere with the street sweeping will be tagged and may be towed. The fine for interfering with street sweeping is $50. In addition to the high visibility signs used in prior years, DPW&P will use a Reverse 911 system to notify residents of neighborhoods where parking compliance has been less than satisfactory that sweeping crews will be entering their neighborhoods. A pre-recorded message will inform residents in these particular neighborhoods that they should cooperate with the temporary no parking restrictions as sweeping crews clean their streets.
Residents who have questions concerning the Spring Sweeping Program are encouraged to call the DPW&P Customer Service Center at (508) 929-1300, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
You Can Help Us By
Sweeping litter and sediment from sidewalks into gutters.
Moving parked cars, which will interfere with our sweeping.