Posted Thursday, March 13, 2014 --- 2:42 p.m.
The City of Madison Streets Division begins its annual night street sweeping program Sunday evening.
According to the city, crews will start working at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday evenings. The program will continue for about a month.
“Our night sweeping program is vital to our efforts to clean up our streets at the end of winter,” Streets Division spokesperson George Dreckmann is quoted in a 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.”
Night sweeping allows the department to operate its nine street sweepers 16 hours each day. The goal is to sweep every street in the city at least twice during the 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.”