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MoCo Starts Street Sweeping April 13 (VIDEO)

Starting April 13, Montgomery County’s residential roadways will get a spring cleaning with the launch of the annual street sweeping program on about 4,000 of the county’s 5,000 curb miles of roads.

This joint effort between the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) removes abrasives and other debris left behind after the winter snow season and improves the appearance and safety of county streets.

“MCDOT is committed to serving the public in a sustainable way that enhances the County’s environmental quality, and our annual street sweeping program plays a major role in reducing pollutants flowing to the Chesapeake Bay,” said Acting MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh. “Street sweeping not only improves the appearance of our neighborhoods, it also protects the environment by keeping salt and other debris out of our storm drains, our stormwater management facilities and our streams.”

Based on past results, officials expect the effort will help remove about 1,000 tons of material that could otherwise be washed into County streams. Removing excess debris and abrasives from road surfaces helps to keep drainage systems clean. Roads in areas identified by DEP as priority watersheds will be swept first and, if needed, will receive additional sweepings.

Brightly colored signs are posted in neighborhoods a few days before street sweeping begins. To improve the quality of service and the effectiveness of the sweeping program, residents are urged to find alternative parking while their streets are cleaned.

Daily updates detailing which areas are scheduled for street sweeping are available online on the county’s website.

Additional information about the street sweeping program is available on MC311’s website or by calling the Customer Service Line from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. by dialing 311 from within the County or 240.777.0311 from outside the County.

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