Street Sweeping Extended Into December In Some Neighborhoods
Don’t be surprised if you see bright orange signs and street sweepers on your street during December.
That’s because Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation decided to officially extend street cleaning through mid-December.
In past years Chicago’s street cleaning season runs from April 1st through November 30th.
But due to the prolonged and mild fall which delayed many trees from shedding their leaves until late in the season, Streets and Sanitation felt it would be important to winter snow removal efforts to make sure leaves were cleared from residential streets where possible.
“In previous years, we did utilize street sweeping crews beyond late November if the weather permitted it; these crews focused on main streets,” says department spokesperson Molly Poppe. “This will not be entirely new for residents, but this is a proactive effort focused on collecting leaves on residential and main roads ahead of the snow season. This was a proactive decision made by DSS to ensure our streets were maintained ahead of snow season to assist in efficient removal of snow.”
Since street cleaning is done on a scheduled grid system during the season and extended season cleaning will be decided on a ward by ward basis by each ward’s Streets and Sanitation Superintendent, DSS says drivers need to keep an eye out for the traditional bright orange paper signs.
“We will continue to utilize the orange signs for alerting residents of street
cleaning,” says Poppe. “And they will be posted the day before street cleaning is to occur, which is our typical process.”