Despite the fact that there’s still a chance for future snow storms, the City of Portland Public Works Department has been taking advantage of the warmer temps and lack of precipitation to begin spring cleanup operations. Crews have begun sweeping streets and sidewalks to remove debris from winter operations. New this year, the City is using GPS technology on all street sweepers in order to more efficiently track the progress of debris removal. Staff will receive detailed reports and citizens can even log on and view sweepers in real time here.
Most importantly, cleaner streets equals a cleaner Casco Bay. Last year, the City collected a total of 2,901 tons of debris in calendar year 2016 from across the city. This collection is critical to protecting the Bay and Portland’s harbor from pollution.
The City employs five street sweepers which clean Portland’s streets and sidewalks to improve the aesthetics of the city following the winter season. Most citizens only notice that street sweeping makes the city cleaner and brighter, but in reality it plays an important role in preventing urban pollution from daily city life.
The City used about 3500 tons of sand and 7500 tons of salt this winter. These numbers do not account for what private owners of commercial and residential properties have used. Portland received 65 inches of snow this winter and crews cleared 566 lane miles of road.
The City will work street sweeping services around existing parking restriction signage for all streets on the Peninsula. Residents are urged to pay attention to parking restrictions.