Street sweeping season begins officially this Friday (April 1st). Though the 49th Ward street sweeper is already out cleaning the streets as weather permits, today 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 at least once a month from April 1st through Nov. 18th. The ward is divided into 12 sections, with each section swept six or seven times until the sweeping season is over in mid-November.
Please note that permanent street sweeping schedules are posted on all our major commercial streets and on Glenwood and Ravenswood along the CTA and Metra embankments. Those streets are swept once or twice a week.
How can you help? Remind your neighbors to move their cars on street sweeping days. Refrain from blowing or 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.