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Don't Get Towed: Residential Street Sweeping Starts May 12

Residential neighborhood street sweeping will begin Monday, May 12 in Salem.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Mayor Kimberley Driscoll announced Wednesday that beginning on May 12, sweepers will start cleaning residential streets in neighborhoods.

“Street sweeping season is a welcome time in Salem and it coincides with the City-wide Clean Salem, Green Salem beautification efforts,” stated Mayor Driscoll. “As always, we are asking residents to help us as we get our roadways clean by removing cars from your street on days when your street is to be swept.”

John Tomasz, Director of Public Services, stated, “It has been a long winter and the Public Services Department used a great deal of sand, and now we are ready to clean it up. Please help us by removing your vehicles from the street on your assigned sweeping day.”

Beginning Monday, May 12th and running through May 23rd residential neighborhood street sweeping will take place on  both sides of the street on the same day.

Each neighborhood route will be posted with temporary ‘No Parking/Tow Zone’ signs and parking will be prohibited between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  

City streets will be broken down into two zones. Streets in Zone One will be swept during the week ofMay 12 – 16 and streets in Zone Two will be swept during the week of May 19 – 23. A more detailed schedule is available online at www.salem.com.

Sweep days are the next day after the regularly scheduled trash day. To find a specific street sweeping date, locate what zone the street is in on the 2014 Residential Street Sweeping Schedule and match it with the calendar. Monday sweep schedules are for the preceding Friday's trash day. For example, if you live on Atlantic Street, which has a Friday trash pickup, you are located in Zone One and both sides of your street will be swept on Monday, May 12th.

Residents will be able to use some entrance corridor streets as alternative parking areas on the day of their neighborhood sweep, but close attention must be paid to the parking restrictions already in place on these main streets. All posted parking restrictions on these streets are in effect and apply, even if a resident is parking a car there due to a scheduled sweep on their street. Once a street is swept, residents will be able to move their vehicles back onto their street.  

For a detailed schedule log onto the News & Announcements page or the Department of Public Works page at www.salem.com, pick one up at City Hall or the Salem Public Library, or call the DPS office at 978-744-3302.

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