Monday, August 24, 2015

Street Sweeping to Begin Aug. 31 in Pottstown

The borough will commence with its annual street sweeping over the course of the next few weeks starting on Monday, Aug. 31.

The make the sweeping more effective, the borough has been divided into seven zones and each zone will be swept sequentially.

Maps provided by the borough indicate which streets are in which zone.
Sweeping in each zone on the will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will occur over two days.

No sweeping will be done on the weekends or on Labor Day and the schedule may be adjusted as the result of weather conditions.

Notification signs will be posted along roadways in each zone two days before street sweeping is schedule, identifying the day of the week sweeping will take place in each neighborhood.

Also, The Mercury will publish the zone map in the newspaper and on-line the day before sweeping is to begin in each zone.

Vehicles must be removed from the roadways in preparation for sweeping and vehicles that have not been moved will be subject to fines and towing.

The initial street sweeping schedule is as follows:
  • ZONE 1: Monday, Aug. 31 and Tuesday, Sept. 1;
  • ZONE 2: Wednesday, Sept. 2 and Thursday, Sept. 3;
  • ZONE 3: Friday, Sept. 4 and Tuesday, Sept. 8;
  • ZONE 4: Wednesday, Sept. 9 and Thursday, Sept. 10;
  • ZONE 5: Friday, Sept. 11 and Monday, Sept. 14;
  • ZONE 6: Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Wednesday, Sept. 16;
  • ZONE 7: Thursday, Sept. 17 and Friday, Sept. 18.
In addition to signs and maps in the newspaper; the borough will also notify residents of the schedule and any changes to the schedule through its on its website — — as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Residents can also sign up for phone or text message alerts for more information through “Swiftreach,” a reverse 911 system. You can sign up for the alerts on the borough web site under the “How Do I?” tab.

The borough is also asking residents to remove weeks and debris from the gutters along the curbs prior to sweeping as the sweeper will remove grit and small debris from the roadway, but not weeds or leaves.

Street sweeping removes metal particles, debris and trash as well as chemical waste products left by passing vehicles.

This helps to keep the storms drains clear and presents those materials from teaching Manatawny Creek and the Schuylkill River.

Questions can be addressed to the public works department at 610-970-6528.

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