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Curbs and gutters act as a drainage system for stormwater runoff and directing water away from the roadway. Runoff is the major contributor to erosion and damage to our street system. Curbs and gutters hold the pavement in place and collect runoff from the paved streets. Curbs and gutters are designed specifically to quickly convey water runoff away from the street to the storm drains. Keeping these clear of debris and vegetation helps maintain the health and longevity of your street. Water is the single most damaging element to street pavement.
The City cleans only streets with curbs because 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 currently lists all scheduled sweeping projects on its Stormwater Services page OR you can view the schedule on TV via Suddenlink Cable channel 2.
Six sweepers are presently in operation on a full time basis (five during the day and one during the early hours). 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 road. The amount of debris in each zone dictates the speed at which an operator is able to complete a zone. The season will also dictate how quickly get to and through a zone. If you want to know when the sweeper will be in your neighborhood, it is best to check the schedule on the webpage noted above or watch one of the channels listed above. For more information or to report hazardous situations call the Stormwater Hotline 325-437-4937
There are a number of factors that affect the sweeper not being able to remove debris from your street. Most often it’s because large items are blocking the roadway, these items include:
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:
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 maneuver around it, which can result in debris build up.