|Posted Street Sweeping Changes April 2013|
As announced in the fall of 2012, the City of Boston, Public Works
Department, is following through on its plan to implement "posted
street sweeping" in Dorchester. This marks a long-awaited change
that many sections of Dorchester have been "clamoring" about for years.
While other sections of the City have long benefitted from regular
cleanings, most of Uphams Corner, especially the section west of
Columbia Road has not. With scheduled street cleaning, the pros
and cons are obvious but the pros dramatically outweigh any
- Unmoved cars will be ticketed and towed
- Residents will have to pay a fine and a fee for retrieving their car(s)
- Stolen or abandoned cars are much more readily identifiable
- Street sweeping around parked cars is a waste of City resources
- Street sweeping along a clear and open path is beneficial for all
Citizen involvement in the effective implementation of this much needed
city service is important. In two cases, one on Bird Street off
Hancock and on Humphreys Street, even with posted street cleaning
signs, no cars were moved or towed so the street cleaning was not
taking place. At least not until residents called the problem
into the City.
Public Works Official Announcement
The Boston Public Works Department (PWD) will be implementing a new
schedule of street sweeping days for much of the Dorchester
neighborhood starting in April of 2013.
The goal of the alterations is to provide mechanical street sweeping
services to more closely follow your residential trash collection
day. Currently, posted mechanical street sweeping does not
immediately follow the trash collection days in Dorchester.
- PWD will change many of the
street sweeping days in the neighborhood to more closely follow the
collection schedule. This will alleviate much of the litter
generated by the weekly residential trash collection in a faster and
more efficient manner.
- This will affect the days of sweeping but not the vast majority of the current posted hours.
- The Boston Transportation
Department will make the necessary changes over the Winter months to
the posted sweeping signs on the affected streets to reflect the new
street sweeping days which will begin in April of 2013.
- PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THE POSTED
SIGNS INDICATING THE DAY FOR MECHANICAL SWEEPING ON YOUR STREET PRIOR
TO APRIL 1, 2013.
- Residents can assist by observing
the posted regulations and following the guidelines for proper trash
and recycling placement at curbside. Residents can also register
for street sweeping schedule notifications by accessing the KNOW TOW
link at www.cityofboston.gov.
- This effort is also being conducted over a two year period in 10 other neighborhoods across the City.
The Boston Publics Works Department is continuing to explore more
effective means of basic City service delivery in this challenging
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Posted: January 20, 2013
Nancy J Conrad