Street Sweeping

Street Sweeping Graphic

In the spring season of each year the Department of Public Works (DPW) starts its Street Sweeping Program. The Program begins April 1 and ends November 30. The schedule is adjustable upon weather conditions.

The goal of the Street Sweeping Program is to clean Pittsburgh's streets on a regular basis, by either machine sweeping, hand cleaning, or flushing.


Business Districts are typically cleaned at night. This is to avoid disrupting normal business activity while taking advantage of parking restrictions.

Neighborhood and residential street sweeping begins after 8 am.

Services Provided

The program will have four levels of service:

  • Level 1 - Heavily developed commercial business districts with considerable vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
    • Streets will be swept and flushed at least twice per week.
  • Level 2 -­ Neighborhood business districts and main streets with moderate vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
    • Streets will be swept or flushed once per week.
  • Level 3 - Residential areas with limited throughway and pedestrian traffic.
    • Streets will be swept once or twice per month.
  • Level 4 -­ Neighborhood streets which are used for local purposes only.
    • Streets will be swept or flushed two to four times per year.

Department of Public Works supervisory staff closely monitors the street cleaning program's effectiveness to ensure the maximum amount of service is being rendered, and the goals of the program are being met.

The cooperation and understanding of the residents of Pittsburgh is greatly appreciated and necessary for a successful program.