Greater City Providence

Elorza updates street sweeping plans


Photo from Mayor Elorza’s Facebook page

Mayor Elorza held a press conference this morning to provide an update on the street sweeping schedule. I asked on Twitter about prohibiting parking during scheduled street sweeping.

I did take it upon myself to sweep the street in front of my house a few weeks ago, but the rest of my block remains littered with detritus even after the street sweepers went by because no one knew they were coming.

Information from the Department of Public Works:

Street Sweep Schedule for 2015 Update

Street sweeping is being conducted 10:30 PM to 7:00 AM, Sunday night through Friday morning to minimize the disruption to residents.

Sweeping is being done on a ward-by-ward basis, completing the main roads in each ward on the first pass before returning to each ward to complete the secondary streets. It typically takes 3 to 4 days to complete one ward, but the time to complete the wards may vary depending on such factors as the number of streets in each ward, the number of sweepers, amount of debris, inclement weather, parked vehicles, mechanical or manning issues, to name some of the factors.

Sweeping cannot be done under rainy conditions. Since sand is typically used more on hills to provide traction in winter storms, those wards with a significant amount of hills are being swept first. We do make arrangements to sweep streets where a special event is being held, for things like road races, festivals, graduations, etc.

The updated tentative Street sweeping schedule is as follows with status of completion:

Ward Date Status
3 April 5, 6, 7 & 8 Mains 1st sweep complete
2 April 9, 12, 13, & 14 Mains 1st sweep complete
1 April 21, 22, & 23 Mains 1st sweep complete
13, 4, & 14 April 26, 27, 28, & 29 Mains 1st sweep complete
5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 15, & 10 April 30, May 3-6 In progress

Sweep plan May 3-7, 2015:

Chalkstone Ave: Wards 5 & 12
Mt Pleasant: Wards 5 & 6
Academy Ave: Wards 5 & 6
Pleasant Valley Pkwy: Wards 5 & 12
Atwells Ave: Wards 15 & 6
Manton Ave: Wards 15 & 6
Glenbrige Ave: Wards 6 & 7
Fruit Hill Ave: Ward 5
Killingly St: Ward 7
Valley St: Wards 15 & 12
Olneyville Sq.: Ward 15
Orms St: Ward 12
Canal St: Ward 12
Promenade St: Ward 12
Kinsley Ave: Ward 12
Harris Ave: Ward 15
Broad St: Wards 9, 10, & 11
Prairie Ave: Wards 10 & 11
Potters Ave: Wards 8, 9, & 10
Public St: Wards 9, 10, & 11
Thurber’s Ave: Ward 10
Eddy St: Wards 10, 11, & 1

Again, the first sweep will cover main roads only. The second sweep will include the secondary roads & Public school parking lots. The third and subsequent sweeps will cover all roads.

As far as sidewalks, abutters are requested to sweep sidewalks in anticipation of street sweepers. Citizens are also asked to clean sidewalks in front of vacant lots and public areas. Their cooperation would be most helpful since windborne litter carried from adjacent sidewalks and parking areas can nullify the results of a well-swept street.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • Interesting. I had spoken to Councilman Principe and Rep. Lombardi about this as well as the new snow ordinance. Good to see they actually put a schedule out now.

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