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Street sweeping in Boston resumes April 1 with new schedules

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  March 29, 2012 12:59 PM

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(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)

A mini-street sweeper makes its way down narrow Salem Street in the North End in this photo from Aug. 23, 2011.

Street sweeping in Boston resumes April 1, with a new schedule intended to reduced litter by better aligning the service with trash and recycling pickup.

Changes in Boston’s Daytime Neighborhood Street Cleaning Program began on March 1 in the South End, which joined the North End this year in having its sweeping schedule extended into March and December. The North End began an extended schedule in 2010.

Allston, Brighton, Charlestown, East Boston, Roxbury, South Boston will also have new schedules this year, with more changes planned for 2013 in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Mission Hill. The mayor’s office says the Transportation Department has switched out more than 4,000 street signs in the last two months to reflect the changes and distributed more than 11,000 fliers to cars in these areas.

“Keeping Boston’s neighborhoods clean is a top priority of mine, as well as the residents of Boston, and these schedule changes will allow the city to clean streets in a way that maximizes the benefits of sweeping,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a statement this week. “I look forward to seeing our neighborhoods shine once again this spring.”

The cleaning program is a cooperative effort of the Mayor’s Office, Public Works Department, Transportation Department, and Department of Innovation and Technology.

Streets are swept on a rotating schedule each week from April 1 through Nov. 30, except in the North End and South End. Street parking is prohibited on cleaning days on the side of the street scheduled to be swept, and vehicles blocking the street sweeper are subject to a $40 ticket and towing at the owner’s expense.

Residents can visit www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks/sweeping to find out the schedule for their streets and to register for email or text-message reminders before sweeping days and notices of cancellations or updates. Residents can also call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500 for updates.

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