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There are many reasons why the sweeper may not have been able to remove debris from your street. Most often, it's because items are blocking the roadway, these items include:
Often times, vehicles are parked too close to each other for the sweeper to maneuver between them (one parked car equals nearly three car lengths of space that can't be swept because the street sweeping equipment must leave room to avoid it, which can result in debris building up).
Low-hanging trees and shrubs can also prevent sweepers from cleaning in front of your house. Additionally, the street sweepers cannot remove grass, and the resulting dirt buildup, that is growing in the gutter; if a large amount of grass (clumps) is growing in the curb-line the sweeper will maneuver around this area to sweep areas of the street that can be cleaned.
Keeping the roadway in front of your house free of large objects and obstructions is the best way to assist street sweeping crews' clean-up efforts. You can do this by:
The City cleans only streets with curbs. The accumulation of debris at the curb is caused by the design of the street and vehicular movement. Streets are designed with a crown in the middle sloping toward the sides. Water and debris move toward the curb and gutter areas. Vehicle movement scatters debris to the edges of traffic lanes.
Streets with no curbs are affected by the same factors as curbed streets, but with no curb the debris is dispersed onto areas adjacent to the paved surfaces. Uncurbed streets are, in effect, self-cleaning. Additionally, street sweeping with no curb and gutter can actually create more problems as the brushes pull the dirt and debris from the side of the street onto the asphalt.
The City does not currently have the tools to provide citywide time-specific information about our street sweeping schedule. Any attempt to provide a schedule online or through the mail would almost certainly result in a frustrated public because too many factors beyond our control always result in delays to our street sweeping schedule. Some street re-paving projects and some roadway construction projects do provide letters to residents about an anticipated work schedule.
Therefore, the City uses a zone-rotation concept to ensure all roads within the city limits receive a fair amount of coverage. Sweeper operators rotate through 42 zones (17 on the north side and 25 on the south side), which contain over 1,700 standard lane miles of roads. The amount of debris in each zone dictates the speed at which an operator is able to complete a sector; therefore, it is quite difficult to calculate exactly when a street sweeper will be in your neighborhood. You may monitor the location of the street sweeping crew by using the city's Education/Government Channel available on Suddenlink Cable 2 or Broadcast Channel 7 KXN-TV.
Four street sweepers are presently in operation on a full time basis (three during the day and one during the evening). For More Information call 325676-6048.
The following factors frequently disrupt our street cleaning rotation:
In addition, the expense of notification - signage, mailings, barricading - to get vehicles parked on one side or the other of a street is cost-prohibitive.