The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for street sweeping. Every spring, sweeping begins on the main lines of the city, followed by side streets on a ward-by ward basis. The schedule rotates every year, so that the first ward done in one year is moved to the bottom of the list in the following year.
Please keep in mind that the schedule is subject to change due to weather or equipment problems. In 2016, DPW is accelerating the schedule by adding a night shift from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. in addition to the usual shift from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by adding an additional sweeper. The night shift enables DPW to complete sweeping streets in June instead of August, resulting in a cleaner city, less sand in the catch basins, less sand in the stormwater system that gets deposited in the brooks and Nashua River, and less sand in combined sewers that travels to the wastewater treatment plant where it must be removed. This will also bring the city into compliance with the new EPA stormwater permit.
Yearly Schedule- WEATHER PERMITTING
This year's schedule includes:
Main Lines: March 14 - March 18 DONE
Ward 6: March 21 - April 1 DONE
Ward 1: April 4 - April 15 DONE
Ward 2: April 18 - April 26 DONE
Ward 3: April 27 - May 5 DONE
Ward 4: May 6 - May 11 DONE
Ward 5: May12 - May 19 DONE
Residents are asked to sweep sidewalks in front of their homes. Sand should be placed in wind rows- not in piles- so that the equipment can successfully remove it.