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Posted on: October 19, 2017

Tips for a Clean Sweep of Streets this Season

With autumn in full swing, the leaves are dropping and the City’s street sweeping vehicles are out in force.

“It’s a priority for the City to keep the streets clear,” said Public Works Supervisor Nathan Beagle. “Everything that’s in the streets ends up in the gutters, which can flow into and pollute rivers, lakes and streams.”

The Public Works maintenance crew maintains 106 lane miles of street surface, and Beagle has tips on helping keep the roads clear and the environment safe.

  • Keep vegetation and shrubbery pruned and out of the street. Sweeping vehicles need to be able to access the entirety of the road to keep it clear. Street tree branches that extend over the sidewalk or roadway should be trimmed to a height of eight feet above the sidewalk and fourteen feet above a roadway.

  • Dispose of leaves and other yard waste in proper waste bins. It is a violation of the Mill Creek Municipal Code to sweep leaves and other waste into the street.

  • Remove trash cans from the street as soon as trash is removed to ensure a clear sweeping pattern. Also remove any other obstructions from the street.

  • Avoid putting trash into catch basins. If you see any catch basin blockages, notify Public Works at 425-551-7254.

  • Do not pour any hazardous materials or waste down street gutters. These materials can affect the surface water and the general environment. 

The Public Works department sweeps all City streets on at least a quarterly basis and does its best to conduct additional sweeping when possible. Staff often sweep at closer intervals in the fall, when debris accumulates faster. 

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