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Montgomery County Roadways to Receive Spring Cleaning
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Montgomery County Roadways to Receive Spring Cleaning

From Montgomery County:

Starting the week of March 28, Montgomery County’s residential roadways will get a spring cleaning with the launch of the annual street sweeping program on  the County’s 5,000 curb miles of roads. 

This joint effort between the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) removes abrasives and other debris left behind after the winter snow season and improves the appearance and safety of County streets.  Based on past results, officials expect the effort will help remove more than 3,000 tons of material that could otherwise be washed into County streams.

“Street sweeping is an important part of the County’s efforts to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay,” said MCDOT Director Arthur Holmes Jr.   “Street sweeping not only improves the appearance of our neighborhoods, it also protects the environment by keeping salt, sand and other debris out of our storm drains, which empty into community streams.”

Removing excess debris and abrasives from road surfaces helps to keep drainage systems clean.  It also helps to reduce pollutants that flow into local streams and, eventually, into the Chesapeake Bay.  Roads in areas identified by DEP as sensitive watersheds will be swept first and, if needed, will receive additional sweepings.

Brightly colored signs will be posted in neighborhoods a few days before street sweeping begins.  To improve the quality of service and the effectiveness of the sweeping program, residents are urged to find alternative parking while their streets are cleaned.

Daily updates detailing which areas are scheduled for street sweeping will be provided on County Cable Montgomery (Channel 6) during the morning and afternoon rush hours during the channel’s live coverage of local traffic conditions. Internet users can also find information about the schedule atwww.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcdot, then go to Highway Services.

For more information, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/311 or call the Customer Service Line by dialing 311 from within the County or 240-777-0311 from outside the County.

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