The city of Salem will begin a brief street sweeping program following a season of harsh weather that tore through the region.
The program will begin on Monday April 29 on Salem's entrance corridors and last through Friday May 10. Then, from May 13 to May 24, sweepers will start cleaning residential streets in neighborhoods.
Entrance corridors include Boston Street, Bridge Street, Essex Street (from Boston Street to Washington Street), Lafayette Street (from Dow Street to the Marblehead line), Loring Avenue, and North Street.
"After a winter of record breaking snow amounts, street sweepers are a welcome sight," Mayor Kimberley Driscoll said in a recent announcement. "We are committed to cleaning this city street by street starting on April 29."
During the entrance corridor sweeping, parking is prohibited from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. on scheduled sweep days.
As in the past, entrance corridor sweeping schedules alternate between the odd and even sides of the street so residents are able to alternate parking their cars on the opposite side of the street during scheduled sweeping days.
Residents can refer to the "No Parking/Tow Zone" signs posted along each of the entrance corridors in order to determine what day parking restrictions are in effect.
From May 13 and through May 24, residential neighborhood street sweeping will take place on both sides of the street on the same day.
Each neighborhood route will be posted with temporary ‘No Parking/Tow Zone’ signs and parking will be prohibited between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"In order for the sweepers to do their job, I would like to ask all residents to pay attention to the no parking signs posted for street sweeping and to remove your cars from the street on your designated sweeping day," said John Tomasz, director of public services, in a recent announcement. "Our goal is to clean the streets, not to tow cars, so please park accordingly during scheduled street sweeping days."
Another neighborhood sweep is scheduled for this fall from September 16 to September 27.
The city will use its CodeRed system to alert residents when street sweeping will commence.
Certain weather conditions, like heavy rainfall, prohibit the use of the street sweepers Weather cancellations will be posted on www.salem.com.
For additional information on how street sweeping is broken down, check out Salem's website.