City street sweepers to change routes, frequency from Thursday

The entrance to the town hall
The entrance to San Diego City Hall. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego will take a new, selective approach to its street-sweeping program designed to maximize trash and debris removed from neighborhoods and keep pollution from reaching the ocean, officials said Tuesday.

Starting Thursday, the city’s stormwater department will increase the frequency of street sweeping routes in some areas and decrease it in others. Routes with high frequency and small waste collection will be reduced and routes with low frequency and large waste collection will be increased.

Additionally, four routes will have new signage to implement time-limited parking restrictions over the next few months.

“Street sweeping is one of the most effective tools we have to keep our neighborhoods litter-free and prevent pollution from reaching our local waterways and the ocean,” said Bethany Bezak, acting director of the stormwater department. “After analyzing years of data, we have identified several opportunities where a slight increase or decrease in the frequency of our street sweeping efforts would significantly increase the amount of trash and debris collected across the city.

“These changes will help us continue our mission to ensure clean water and clean beaches for all of San Diego,” she said.

Specifically, an increase in street sweeping will occur in Clairemont, Linda Vista, Miramar, Mira Mesa, and University City, while sweeping will decrease in Peninsula, Midway-Pacific Highway, Balboa Park, Normal Heights, Kensington, College Area, Grantville , Logan Heights, Encanto and Golden Hill.

In all, 13 routes covering more than 300 miles of streets will see improvements.

Parking restrictions will change or be added for specific streets in Encanto, North Clairemont, Allied Gardens, and Clairemont Mesa from Thursday through May 2023, with a 30-day grace period after signs are posted prior to any vehicle citations.

City of San Diego staff will conduct outreach in neighborhoods where new signs are posted — including direct mail and informational flyers distributed on parked vehicles — to inform residents of the upcoming changes. .

The city’s fleet of 28 sweepers cover 61,000 miles of streets a year, removing 220,000 pounds of trash and debris, according to city data. San Diego residents can check the city’s interactive street map to check if their street is affected by the changes or visit ThinkBlue.org for more information.

–City News Service

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