Boston's Daytime Street Sweeping Returns To Most Neighborhoods

Photo: WBZ NewsRadio / James Rojas

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's no April Fools joke, daytime street sweeping cycles have made their seasonal return to most Boston neighborhoods and will stick around until late November.

Residents looking to avoid tickets and tows should take a glance at the posted street sweeping signs before throwing their vehicle in park. It's not an unfamiliar practice for those living in the North End, South End, or Beacon Hill as the daytime sweeping program lasted longer there, until late December, and started back up at the beginning of March.

The City provided online resources for commuters and residents, starting with street sweeping schedules for the 400 curb miles of road maintained under their program. Residents also have the option of looking up individual city streets via Boston's database to find out what day of the week and month sweepers will roll through.

Nighttime Street Cleaning runs all year on Boston's main roads, arterials, and commercial roads, the City said.

City officials also offered a "No-Tow" reminder service for drivers that opt-in to notifications for specific streets. According to the City, users can type in their parking street, and check off boxes indicating which side of the road they would like to be kept in the loop about.

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Not moving out of the way of a city sweeper may have substantial monetary consequences, as the City said that private towing companies can charge up to $108 for the tow and $35 for each day they store the towed vehicle, in addition to a fuel surcharge.

For ticketing, fines can reach up to $90 depending on the neighborhood. WBZ's James Rojas spoke to a street sweeper operator in Charlestown about how drivers should respond.

"Don't cut off your street sweepers. If you can get around safely- you can, but take it easy, this is a big machine and it's kind of hard to see the other side. Be mindful of your sweepers," Gabe Campbell said.

Campbell said that in Charlestown, they typically do not tow vehicles for parking violations, but because of that, ticketing fines tend to be higher than most.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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