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Street cleaning, enforcement in the city resumed this week


Last updated 4/4/2022 at 7:47pm

Beginning April 1, street sweeping with parking enforcement resumed in the City of Pittsburgh. For the past two years, due to the pandemic and a large number of individuals working from home, enforcement has not been imposed and parked vehicles were not ticketed. After a two-year hiatus, enforcement will recommence.

The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works coordinates with the Pittsburgh Parking Authority (PPA) for the enforcement component of the street sweeping campaign.

“The city was happy to make street sweeping parking enforcement accommodations for residents during the early part of the pandemic, when people were mostly at home,” acting director of the Department of Public Works Chris Hornstein explains. “But as a result of increased parked vehicles, crews were less able to effectively clean the streets. Consequently, we saw a rise in litter in streets as well as debris and waste entering our storm water system.”

The resumed enforcement will allow crews to perform a more thorough cleaning. “Not only does this have positive impacts for our storm water system, but it also leaves Pittsburgh streets cleaner for residents,” Acting Director Hornstein added.

Street sweepers operate every day of the week, with neighborhoods focused on Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, sweepers are typically assigned to the main corridors and business districts. Posted signs in each neighborhood list which days street cleaning is performed. 

The street sweeping season runs from April 1 - November 30.

All questions regarding enforcement for street sweeping should be directed to the PPA.


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