Mayor Menino and Public Works Department Announce Street Sweeping Changes
Neighborhoods will see cleaner streets due to better coordination with trash collection schedule
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For Immediate Release
December 23, 2011
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Public Works Department today announced new changes to the City of Boston’s street sweeping program to better coordinate with weekly trash collection. Over the next two years, the City will phase in changes that ensure most streets are swept either one or two days after trash collection. Additionally, in the South End neighborhood, the program will run longer by two months, operating from March to December each year instead of April to November as in previous years.

“It has always been a very high priority for my administration to keep our wonderful city clean,” Mayor Menino said. “We’re constantly looking for ways to improve our daily operations and by realigning the street sweeping schedule to match the weekly trash collection operations, we’re smartly maximizing the potential of each program to keep our streets clean.”

To prepare for the beginning of the 2012 street sweeping season, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) has updated street signs in South Boston, East Boston and Charlestown.  Beginning in January, city crews will replace every sign in the South End to add two months (March and December) to the annual street sweeping program and change sweeping days to follow trash collection more closely. Later this winter signs in Roxbury, Allston and Brighton will be replaced to reflect the new changes as well.

Residents who are concerned about remembering the new changes should sign up for the City of Boston’s Know Tow automated alert system that reminds users to move their cars the night before their street is swept so they are not towed via a host of methods – text message, phone call or email.




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