As the city's trees begin to drop their leaves, Minneapolis Public Works crews will begin the comprehensive task of sweeping every street curb to curb - which means residents need to pay close attention to temporary restrictions on street parking.
During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, which usually begins in late October, city crews will clean up more than 1,100 miles of city streets. Temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of cars when they're swept. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. Residents who do not follow street sweep parking rules may have their cars ticketed and/or towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
In addition to posting the “No Parking” signs, the city will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know that their street will be swept the next day.
The exact sweeping dates haven't been determined yet because the weather and falling leaves are important factors in setting a schedule. But beginning in mid-October, residents should be able to use an interactive tool available at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/streetsweep to type in their address and find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods.