Street sweeping begins Tuesday

It’s time for a little spring cleaning in Minneapolis.

Beginning April 14, Minneapolis will begin its street-cleaning sweep of the 1,100 miles of city streets, a process expected to take about five weeks.

City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets, and while the street is being cleaned, parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Vehicles parked on the streets during cleaning may be ticketed and towed.

On April 11, the city will launch its Street Sweep Lookup website, which will offer maps telling residents when their streets will be swept.

Additionally, the city will use its community notification voice messaging system to make automated phone calls each evening letting residents know their street will be swept the next day.

Crews will likely sweep about 35-40 miles of city streets each day.

The city’s alley sweeping program, which began on March 30, will continue until all alleys are done.

Street sweeping helps prevent debris from polluting lakes and rivers in Minneapolis, since anything that goes through a storm drain in Minneapolis flows directly to the water, according to the city’s website.