The Spring Sweeping Program will begin sweeping residential streets on Monday, April 13, 2015, in the Thursday trash collection area. It will be followed by the Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Wednesday trash collection areas.
Friday, March 27, 2015
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 12 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.