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For Immediate Release: 4/4/2013
Montgomery County to Begin Residential Street Sweeping April 8

Starting April 8, 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. Based on past results, officials expect the effort will help remove about 2,000 tons of material that could otherwise be washed into County streams.

“Street sweeping is an important part of the County’s efforts to improve water quality in our local streams and reduce pollutants to the Chesapeake Bay,” said MCDOT Director Arthur Holmes Jr. “Street sweeping not only improves the appearance of our neighborhoods, it also protects the environment by keeping salt, sand and other debris out of our storm drains, our stormwater management facilities and our 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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Release ID: 13-097
Media Contact: Esther Bowring 240-777-6507

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