Detroit Relaunches Street Sweeping Program

May 12, 2017

Photo via Wikimedia/Dwight Burdette
Photo via Wikimedia/Dwight Burdette

The City of Detroit Department of Public Works (DPW) relaunched its residential street sweeping program after seven years. The program was stopped in 2010 due to city budget cuts and recommenced on May 1.

The DPW will conduct three sweeps per year, and each sweep will cover more than 2,000 miles of neighborhood residential streets over a 10-week cycle, according to a release from the city.

To meet demand, the city has purchased four street sweepers and plans to rent eight more, reports MLive. Each vehicle costs $225,000 to purchase or $9,000 per month to rent, and uses 250 gallons of water at a time. The large brooms in the rear of the vehicles will be changed once a week and side round brooms will be changed every other day. 

This year, the city has allocated $3.2 million for the program, and the program launch was announced to coincide with Motor City Makeover 365 program, the city's annual initiative to highlight the efforts of city workers and residents to clean and beautify the city.

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