Minneapolis sweeps up streets; expect signs, automated calls

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW
  • Star Tribune
  • October 23, 2012 - 11:00 PM

Sweepers hit the Minneapolis streets Wednesday, and over the next four weeks crews will do a curb-to-curb cleaning and leaf collection on more than 1,100 miles of roads.

Temporary "No Parking" signs will be posted on affected blocks at least 24 hours before crews come through, a city news release said.

Residents might also get an automated phone call from the city the night before their street is scheduled for sweeping. The city said it will make 3,500 calls to affected residents to get the word out and avoid getting their vehicles ticketed and towed. Announcements also will be made periodically on Twitter and Facebook.

The schedule of street sweeping is posted on the city website at Residents (and visitors) can see which week their street will be swept. When their neighborhood's week rolls around, the website will list exactly which day the sweeper will come down their block.

For the curious, the city has produced videos to explain the sweeping process in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. You can find them on at the city website, at YouTube or on cable Channels 14 and 79.

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Tim Harlow • 612-673-7768 Twitter: @timstrib

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