Citywide Street Sweeping Began March 1
Citywide street sweeping has resumed for the season, and "No Parking" restrictions related to street cleaning are back in effect, as of March 1, 2022. Please refer to street signs for specific hours and days of restrictions.
In 2018, the City of Alexandria updated all street sweeping-related "No Parking" signage to lift restrictions between November and February, when street sweeping operations are suspended. Additionally, as of spring 2019, there are restrictions along Patrick and Henry Streets to allow for more regular street sweeping along these thoroughfares.
"No Parking" Restriction Lifted November - February
Did you know that the City of Alexandria lifts "No Parking" restrictions related to street sweeping from November through February, allowing residents to remain parked on the street?
In 2018, the City's Traffic and Parking Board voted unanimously to suspend "No Parking" restrictions during the winter months when street sweeping activities are paused for the season. The change took effect on November 1, 2019; signs throughout the city were updated accordingly.
The Resource Recovery Division is responsible for sweeping all City-owned streets. The Street Sweeping program includes three major groups: commercial sweeping, no parking sweeping and residential sweeping.
Street sweeping of commercial streets occurs overnight and includes the City's major thoroughfares such as Duke St., Van Dorn St., Eisenhower Ave., and other major roads in the City. This work is performed by an overnight staff and is done on a rotating basis. The commercial sweeping is performed during spring, summer, and fall, given that the overnight temperatures are above freezing, and is supplemented by quarterly cleanings of major entry points into the City to provide a clean environment and to mitigate the amount of litter on our City streets.
NO PARKING SWEEPING
Several streets throughout the City have posted No Parking restrictions for two hours each week to accommodate street sweeping in some of our heavy use areas. These streets have been identified over the years as needing a more frequent cleaning. This program allows Public Works Services to remove additional pollutants from our roadways to help protect local waterways, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay.
Starting in late spring each year, PWS begins the residential street sweeping program. The goal of this program is to sweep every street in the City three times a year. Two sweeping operators work through 11 different zones in the City to ensure every street is swept.
WHY DO WE SWEEP?
The regular sweeping of our roadways aides in the removal of nutrients and pollutants from our local waterways, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay. Each year TES submits an annual report to the Department of Environmental Quality under the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit and includes the number of lane miles swept in that report.
How You Can Help
- Pick up the litter and trash around your property, rather than sweeping these items into the street, alley or gutter, as they will eventually end up in the Potomac.
- Residential property owners are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks adjacent to their property. Commercial property owners are responsible for the public space around their property including the curb and gutter area.
- Use the street litter and recycling cans as you walk along the City's commercial streets. The litter cans are for pedestrian trash only, not household trash.
- Obtain street and alley cleaning services online, or call 311 or 703.746.4311.
Adopt-a-Block Litter Program
The City of Alexandria City Council approved the Adopt-A-Block Litter Program to promote partnerships between the City and Alexandria residents to maintain litter free neighborhoods and streets. The City's Adopt-A-Block program is modeled after the Virginia Adopt-A-Block Highway Program introduced in 1988 by the Virginia Department of Transportation to "Keep Virginia Beautiful".