Friday, March 26, 2010
Starting Monday, March 22, Montgomery County’s roadways began getting a spring cleaning through the annual street sweeping program that cleans 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 more than 3,000 tons of material that could otherwise be washed into county streams.
The amount of salt and abrasives used during this record-breaking winter means MCDOT’s clean up efforts are even more important. 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 that are in areas identified by DEP as sensitive watersheds will be swept first and, if needed, will receive additional sweepings.
Look for brightly colored signs 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 will be provided on County Cable Montgomery (Channel 6) during the morning and afternoon rush hours when the channel provides live coverage of local traffic conditions. Internet users can also find information about the schedule online.
For more information, contact MCDOT’s Customer Service Line at 240-777-6000.