Baltimore DPW Launches Neighborhood Street Sweeping

| March 19, 2014 | 5 Comments

New-Street-Sweeping-SystemStarting in April, the Baltimore Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin mechanical street sweeping for all of Baltimore’s neighborhoods. This is great news for those who have been frustrated by the cleanliness of the streets throughout the city.

All of South Baltimore and Pigtown will be in the Southwest District, and much of SoWeBo will be in the Central District. The Southwest District will get swept on the odd sides on the third Wednesday of each month and even sides on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The Central District will have a daily schedule. The street sweeping will take place during daytime work hours.

Update (3/20): has been informed that almost every street in South Baltimore will be cleaned. There will be no fines or towing of cars parked on the designated sides of the street because there will be no new signage.

The complete schedule can be found here.

Here is more information from from the DPW website:

Citywide Mechanical Street Sweeping

Mechanical street sweeping is rolling out this April to all of Baltimore’s neighborhoods!

We’re doing more to help our communities Clean Up Baltimore by keeping the streets and waterways cleaner and healthier. Tons of trash, grime, and other pollutants will be swept from in front of our homes, and kept out of storm drains and, ultimately, the Bay. Residents can help make street sweeping as effective as possible by making sure their vehicles and other potential obstructions are out of the way on designated sweeping days. The Northwest and Southeast portions of the City will be swept the first and second Wednesdays of each month (odd sides of the street will be swept on the 1st Wednesday; even sides on the 2nd), while the Northeast and Southwest portions of the City will be swept of the third and fourth Wednesdays (odd sides on the 3rd Wednesday, even sides on the 4th).

Why Sweep The Streets?

  • Trash and litter can block storm drains causing localized flooding during heavy rains.
  • Sweeping removes pollutants before they reach our urban streams, the Inner Harbor and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Clean streets reinforce to both residents and visitors that Baltimore is striving to be a greener, healthier city.

Enhanced Street Sweeping and Surface Water Management

  • Keeps streets well-maintained and helps protect surface water quality and the environment.
  • Removes pollutants from roadways.
  • More cost effective than trying to remove debris and pollutants after they enter the drainage system.

The New Street Sweeping System

  • Downtown will keep daily sweeping.
  • The AM and PM routes would remain largely as is.
  • The central portion of the city will keep the weekly posted routes; in addition, unserved adjacent areas – as part of a second phase of the program – will be integrated into those routes.
  • The quadrant portions of the city, which have few or no posted routes, will be scheduled for monthly sweeping.

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  • Chris

    Will they tow? I don’t even know how they will be able to make it down some streets (Marshall, Gittings, Birckhead to name a few) without cars moving or being towed.

    • Kevin Lynch

      Just got an update from DPW. Full details will be mailed out soon. If cars aren’t moved it sounds like that spot will just not get cleaned, not necessarily a tow or fine.

      • Chris

        Don’t you think that would create a problem on a lot of South Baltimore streets?

  • LP

    Hallelujah! This will make such a difference on South Charles Street. There is so much trash that blows down the street and all of the construction on Wells is leaving so much dust and dirt everywhere.

  • CNA

    I live in Fells Point and parking spaces left open by residents going to work in the morning are ALL taken by visitors and others that work in the neighborhood. I have no idea how the street sweeping will be effective in this area and similar areas even with all residents knowing about the sweeping schedule. We move our car and there is a mad grab for the vacant space by others that don’t live there. Heck, there are blocks on Fleet Street that still have piles of fallen leaves from last fall under the tires of parked cars. Those curbs probably haven’t seen daylight in years.