Chicago street cleaning begins April 1

April 1, 2014 6:10:46 AM PDT
It's no joke -- the Department of Streets and Sanitation will finally put away the shovels and begin street sweeping Tuesday.

Streets and Sanitation has launched an aggressive spring cleaning plan this week following the historic winter, the city says, adding the department is utilizing street sweeping equipment and crews to clear winter debris and litter from streets and curbs along main thoroughfares.

To ensure curb-to-curb street cleaning, temporary parking restrictions are posted the day before the work is scheduled to begin on any street, a city news release said. Some arterial streets have permanently posted signs that specify a once-per-week period when parking is prohibited for street sweeping.

Residents needing more than one day notice of street cleaning should contact their local ward sanitation office. Street sweeping requests can be made by calling or texting 3-1-1 or by visiting the City of Chicago website.