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Street Sweeping Operations


Saint Paul Public Works will begin spring residential street sweeping on April 14. All residential streets will be swept over the next several weeks. Crews will start with areas that were not swept last fall due to the early onset of winter.

Although crews have been sweeping arterial streets since March 30, they need to wait for the ground to thaw and the soil to stabilize under the curb and gutter areas before they can begin sweeping residential streets. If crews proceed too early with sweeping in these areas, the heavy equipment could damage the streets.

Look for temporary no parking signs
Crews will post temporary “no parking” signs at least 24 hours in advance before sweeping any streets, banning parking from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. the day the street is swept. Do not park along these streets until the signs are removed. Vehicles parked in the “no parking” zone could be ticketed.

Pushing debris into streets is illegal
Pushing leaves, grass clippings, or other debris into City streets is prohibited. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into nearby lakes and rivers, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae. 

Click on the maps below to find out when crews are visiting a specific neighborhood. Call the 24-hour street maintenance hotline at 651-266-9700 with other questions about sweeping.

How is it done?
The City uses two types of sweepers, the Elgin Pelican and the Elgin Crosswind. The Pelicans have 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 sent to the landfill. Because of the screening that is done, very little goes to the landfill.
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