PHILADELPHIA – The street department reminds motorists that enforcement in all 14 areas of the mechanical cleaning program will begin on Monday, May 1. Motorists who fail to comply with posted “No Parking” signs will be fined.
Phase III of the city’s mechanical cleaning program began on Monday, April 3. With the support of Mayor Kenney’s $62 million investment over five years in street cleaning, the Streets Department expanded Phase III to include cleaning in 14 neighborhoods identified through the Litter Index as having the highest concentration of litter and requiring additional city services to supplement cleanup efforts.
To facilitate a more detailed cleaning, there will be limited street parking on streets wide enough to accommodate the movement of vehicles. “Mechanical broom cleaning is most effective when the brooms are able to reach the curb lines,” said Street Commissioner Carlton Williams. “We want to give the designated areas a thorough cleaning. A completely detailed cleaning cannot be carried out if the brooms have to maneuver between vehicles. For the program to be successful and to avoid fines, residents must comply with the parking restrictions on the posted signs.”
“No Parking” signage at specific times will be enforced in all 14 areas from Monday 1 May:
- Frankford: Bridge St. to Adams Ave. from Griscom St. to Torresdale Ave.
- Germantown: Berkley St. to Chelten Ave. from Pulaski Ave. to Wakefield St.
- Kensington: 2nd St. to Kensington Ave. from Tioga St. to Lehigh Ave.
- Logan: Godfrey St. to Roosevelt Blvd. from Broad St. to 5th Sts.
- Nicetown: Broad St. to Clarissa St. from Hunting Park Ave. to Windrim Ave.
- North Central: Broad St. to 22n.d from Glenwood Ave. to Diamond St.
- Paschall: 58th St. to 70th from Greenway Ave. to Dick’s St.
- Point Breeze: Christian St. to McKean St. from Broad St. to 24th St.
- Port Richmond: Kensington Ave. to Aramingo Ave. from Tioga St. to Lehigh Ave.
- South Philly: McKean St. to Oregon Ave. from 4th St. to 8. St.
- Southwest: Woodland Ave. to Kingsessing Ave. from 49th St. to Cemetery Ave.
- Strawberry Mansion: Diamond St. to Lehigh Ave. from Sedgley St. to 33rd
- West Fairhill: 5th St. to 13. St. from Glenwood Ave. to Susquehanna Ave.
- West Philly: Parkside Ave. to Spring Garden St. from 52nd St. to 40th St.
To minimize the inconvenience of parking restrictions, the Streets Department has designed SweepPHL, a web-based map that allows motorists to track and monitor the progress of the mechanical sweep. Motorists can see when the sweep has finished cleaning during the two-hour window to determine when and if they can return their vehicle. The online tool is located at StreetSmartPHL.phila.gov.
To allow motorists to adjust to the new parking restrictions, the Philadelphia Parking Authority issued warnings to vehicles parked on the street during specified no-parking times from April 3 – 28. Alternative street parking intervals have been shifted from 9 to 11 in the morning, 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Any unplanned obstacles, ie. blocked streets or mechanical failures, may cause delay or cancellation for the day. Efforts will be made to service locations as quickly as possible. The mechanical sweeping program runs Monday to Thursday, except public holidays observed in the city.
This pilot program is more extensive than regular mechanical sweeping. Equipment used in some areas helps clear loose debris on sidewalks and other items not easily accessible with a standard mechanical sweeper. Equipment includes mechanical brooms (large and small), sidewalk sweepers, push brooms, and trash compactors used to remove illegally dumped materials. Backpack blowers will be used as part of the launch, but not on all streets. They are an effective tool for clearing waste from pavements and in small streets where the mechanical broom cannot fit. Some streets in each pilot area may have sidewalk cleaning maintenance along with mechanical brush cleaning weekly.
To ensure proper cleanliness is maintained, SWEEP officers will patrol neighborhoods to inform residents of litter and trash sanitation violations and may issue citations to vehicles not moved at designated times.
The mechanical cleaning program will be expanded to six new neighborhoods for a total of 20 from July 2024. In preparation for the expansion of the six new areas, the Streets Department will begin installing poles and signage along with testing equipment on designated routes in the new selected areas. The additional areas will have limited parking that will require the relocation of vehicles once all required signage is completed in the area.
Phase III of the program will run through November 3, 2023. The Streets Department will continue to evaluate and adjust logistics as needed to ensure the program operates effectively and efficiently. Residents are reminded that the Mechanical Street Cleaning program supports community-led efforts to clean up blocks. The city’s sanitation regulations must be complied with, including the delivery of waste on the regular collection day at the authorized location. Only household waste must be handed in. Visit www.phila.gov/streets for specific regulations.