Street sweeping season begins officially this Friday, April 1st. Though the 49th Ward street sweeper is already out cleaning the streets as weather permits, Friday marks the first day this year that the city will post the bright orange “no parking” street sweeping signs on residential streets.
Each residential street in the 49th Ward is swept approximately once a month. Residential street sweeping this year will continue until November 18th. Our commercial streets, and Ravenswood and Glenwood along the CTA and Metra embankments, are posted with permanent street cleaning signs and swept once or twice a week.
How can you help? Remind your neighbors to move their cars on street sweeping days. Refrain from raking leaves or other debris into the streets. Pick up litter along the curb rather than leaving it for the street sweepers. Our street sweeper vehicles are slowed down by large volumes of leaves and litter. The more cooperation we have from community residents, the more frequently we can sweep your street.
Street sweeping days are also ideal times to notice abandoned vehicles. If you believe a vehicle has been abandoned on your street, please contact my Ward Service Office immediately so we may begin steps to have it removed. The police and the Department of Streets and Sanitation watch for these vehicles, but there is no better source of information than the people who live on the street and know an abandoned vehicle from one that may simply belong to a vacationing neighbor.
Thank you for being a good neighbor and for working with us to make the 49th Ward a clean and safe community.