MINNEAPOLIS -- The snow is mostly gone, but a coating of winter's sand, dirt and grime coats the side streets that criss-cross Minneapolis.
Soon, that junk will be gone, too.
Weather permitting, Minneapolis Public Works crews will begin their big annual spring street sweeping operation on Tuesday, April 12.
Some downtown night sweeping and parkway sweeping has already begun, with accompanying parking restrictions, while alley sweeping began on April 4 and will continue until all alleys are swept.
Over the course of about four weeks, sweepers will take care of all 1,100 miles of city streets.
Temporary "No Parking" signs will be posted on streets at least 24 hours in advance to make sure residents do not park in the way of sweepers. Those who do may be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis impound lot.
- Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept.
- The "No Parking" signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking.
- Drivers should not park along these streets until these temporary "No Parking" signs are removed.
In addition to posting "No Parking" signs, the city will make about 3,500 residents receive automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.
Minneapolis streets are swept completely curb to curb once in the spring and once in the fall.
Residents are advised not to push leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into city streets -- when they wash down the sewers it's bad for our lakes and waterways, and it's against the law.
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