Crews to start night street sweeping; Alternate side parking ends

Goal over next month is to clean up sand, debris, officials say
Crews to start night street sweeping; Alternate side parking ends

Madison Streets Division crews will start the night street sweeping process Sunday night, according to a release.

Crews will start at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights for about a month, officials said.

“Our night sweeping program is vital to our efforts to clean up our streets at the end of winter,” Streets Division spokesperson George Dreckmann said in the release. “Every year we put down thousands of tons of sand to keep our streets passable. Now we have to get this material and other debris picked up to protect our lakes and streams.”

The night sweeping program allows crews to operate nine street sweepers for 16 hours each day, officials said. The goal is to sweep every street in the city at least twice during the spring cleaning program.

“We will have a lot of material to sweep up this year due to the large volume of sand we had to apply to Madison’s streets this winter,” Dreckmann said. “We anticipate we will collect over 5,000 tons of debris in March and April.”

The city’s alternate side parking restrictions will also come to an end at midnight on March 15, according to the release. Regular winter parking restrictions will continue at 1 a.m. Nov. 15.

“The Streets Division does have the ability to declare a Snow Emergency at any time of the year should weather conditions warrant,” Dreckmann said. “Residents should be aware that alternate side parking restrictions could be put back into effect if we get a significant spring snowstorm.