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PICT0006_edit.JPGCrews are now sweeping all alleys in the city.

Street Sweeping Background Information

The Public Works street maintenance division sweeps the 340 miles of arterial, or primary, streets in Saint Paul on a regular schedule from April until October depending on weather conditions. Most of the primary streets are swept at least eight times per year.

Residential streets are swept in the early spring and late fall. Alleys are swept after the spring sweeping. The City has 530 miles of residential streets and 330 miles of alleys.

Depositing any material (i.e. leaves, trash, dirt) from the boulevard or private property into the street is prohibited. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into nearby lakes and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae. Municipal Code Section 106.02

How is it done?

The City has two types of sweepers, the Elgin Pelican and the Elgin Crosswind. The Pelicans have the capacity to pick up gravel, leaves and debris as well as sand and dirt.

The Pelicans can empty their loads directly into dump trucks so all of the sweepings can be hauled away to be recycled, composted or land-filled. Because of the screening that is done, very little is sent to the landfill.

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