Monday, April 30, 2012
Highway Services has begun its annual street sweeping program on 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 to remove more than 3,000 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. It also helps to reduce pollutants that flow into local streams and, eventually, into the Chesapeake Bay. Roads in areas identified by DEP as sensitive watersheds. Those areas 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.
Updates detailing which areas are scheduled for street sweeping are available on the County’s website.
POSTED AT: 11:05:00 AM