News Release
City Services

March 27, 2014

Department of Streets and Sanitation Begins Aggressive Cleaning of Chicago Streets After Historic Winter

Annual Street Sweeping Season Starts Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Schedule is Now Available Online


The Department of Streets and Sanitation launched an aggressive spring cleaning plan this week as debris remains along streets and curb lanes following the historic winter.  The Department is utilizing street sweeping equipment and crews to clear winter debris and litter from streets and curbs along main throughfares.


"With this harsh winter finally coming to an end, Streets and Sanitation has been aggressively cleaning along arterial routes to ensure streets and curb lanes are clear of litter and garbage for the spring," said Commissioner Charles L. Williams.


Crews are cleaning and picking up litter and other objects along curb lanes, while street sweeping equipment is focusing on cleaning main streets.


Street Sweepers will begin cleaning all main streets and neighborhood streets on Tuesday, April 1 with the launch of the annual Street Sweeping season.  To ensure curb-to-curb street cleaning, temporary parking restrictions are posted the day before sweeping is scheduled to begin on any street.  Some arterial streets have permanently posted signs that specify a once-per-week period when parking is prohibited for street sweeping.


During the 2013 sweeping season, the department increased the city miles swept from 243,841 lane miles in 2012 to 267,399 lane miles in 2013, an increase of over 23,000 lane miles.  The increased efficiencies in 2013 street sweeping are directly connected to improved manpower allocations across the department.


The full street sweeping schedule is available online at: