Starting April 18, Montgomery County’s residential roadways will get a spring cleaning with the launch of the annual street sweeping program on about 4,000 of the County’s more than 5,000 curb miles of roads. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) removes abrasives and other debris left behind after the winter snow season and improves the appearance and safety of County streets. MCDOT focuses first on roads in sensitive watersheds as identified by the County’s Department of Environmental Protection and, if needed, these streets will receive additional sweepings.
“MCDOT is committed to serving the public in a sustainable way that enhances the County’s environmental quality, and our annual street sweeping program plays a major role in reducing pollutants flowing to the Chesapeake Bay,” said MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh. “Street sweeping not only improves the appearance of our neighborhoods, it also protects the environment by annually keeping about 1,000 tons of salt and other debris out of our storm drains, our stormwater management facilities and our streams.”
Brightly colored signs are 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 are available online on the County’s website.