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Street Sweeping Information

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Street Sweeping Operations

  • Spring sweeping of snow and ice control aggregate will begin when streets are significantly clear of snow and ice, after the risk of later snowfall has passed. Spring sweeping is typically completed by mid to late May.

  • Sealcoating is a surface application of an asphalt emulsion followed by a layer of small rock that protects the pavement from the deteriorating effects of sun and water plus it provides increased surface friction. Sealcoat sweeping will commence three (3) to seven (7) days after application of sealcoat and will be completed within seven (7) to ten (10) days of application.

  • Fall sweeping will commence mid-September and typically is completed by November 30. Areas with extensive foliage will be swept after most of the leaves have fallen.

  • Storm Water Quality areas will be swept on a priority basis (every two weeks) throughout the year.

  • Environmental/general sweeping will be performed on a routine/as needed basis.

  • Bituminous milling recovery sweeping will be performed within two (2) days of a grinding, milling or crack sealing operation.

  • Erosion/siltation dirt & debris cleanup from construction projects is the responsibility of the developer, contractor or property owner. Except in cases of emergency the streets shall be cleaned and swept within three (3) days of notification. If the streets are not swept within the specified time allowed or in the case of an emergency the City may sweep the street and the responsible party will reimburse the city for all associated costs.

  • Tree trimming and pruning areas will be swept within three (3) days of the operation.

  • Citizen requests for sweeping will be evaluated and the Public Works Superintendent or his designee will determine the priority.

How Will Streets Be Swept?

Sweeping is a slow process with average gutter line speeds for the first sweeping in spring that can be as slow as 2 to 3 miles per hour. The City will sweep with its own equipment and manpower, or contract services. Normally centerlines are swept after gutter lines are cleaned. Equipment may include mechanical, vacuum or regenerative air sweepers.

Work Schedule

Sweeping operations will normally be conducted Monday -Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Extended work days and shift changes may be utilized for spring cleanup or emergency sweeping to provide maximum efficiency.

Trails

The City will sweep trails once in the spring after the risk of snow has passed and are clear of snow and ice or on an as-needed basis.

Safety

Sand, sealcoat rock, or other dirt and debris on the street can create a potentially dangerous condition for vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. It would not be practical or effective to sign all streets for potential dangerous conditions. During sealcoat or milling operations, warning signs indicating loose rock will be placed on each end of collector and arterial streets or other appropriate areas where needed. These signs will remain in place until the street has been swept.