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D.C. street sweeping ends Friday

D.C. residents can rejoice. The District is suspending street cleaning for the season starting Friday.

Parking restrictions due to daytime street sweeping will be lifted and drivers won't have to do the dance of moving their cars on street-cleaning days. D.C. officials said the work is discontinued during the winter due to safety concerns. (One of the dangers is that the water used to control dust can freeze). It also allows crews to shift their focus to leaf removal, which will begin Nov. 8 and last through Jan. 15, and snow removal.

Sweeping will resume in the spring. Through the winter overnight street cleaning will continue on major roads, such as Constitution and Pennsylvania.

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By Michael Bolden  | October 25, 2010; 11:41 AM ET
Categories:  District  
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Oh, rats- when I saw the headline I thought the police were going to be sweeping the s criminals of the streets!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 25, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Great - unless, of course, the street signs remain posted, as is. What is the basis for believing that people will know about the suspension? Those who know will act accordingly, others will act according to the posted signs. So, people will park on both sides, snarling traffic on streets that are supposed to have two open lanes during the day.

And what happens if tickets are issued to those who obey the posted signs but not the announced" suspension? Based on experience with other posted rules that have been officially suspended - for example, how close one may park to a corner in certain DC neighborhoods in spite of the posted signs, No Parking to Corner - ticket writers will act according to the posted signs and ticket legally-parked cars.

Somewhere between wishful thinking and Alice in Wonderland.

Posted by: news81 | October 25, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Wait, does this mean that I can legally park my car in one spot starting next week and only move it in the spring? Are there any other things I should be concerned about? I'm a first-time car owner in DC.

~K

Posted by: kriss222 | October 25, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Also, is anyone aware of a map online which would tell you which streets are cleaned on which weekday? Around my house there are only Tue, Wed and Thu street cleaning zones, but I am often away Mon-Fri and would thus love to find a Mon or Fri street cleaning zone.

~K

Posted by: kriss222 | October 25, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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