Sweeping City streets ensures safe modes of transportation for all. This includes cleaning over 230 miles of roadway and bike lanes. Clean roadways improve air standards and storm water quality for the citizens of Edina.
The main sweeping takes place twice a year, once in the spring and also in the fall. It takes 4 to 5 weeks to get the entire City swept including parking lots and all hard surfaces. These operations are vital to our total City structure. Debris and garbage from winter needs to be swept before it gets into our storm water structures and wetlands. We concentrate on low-collector areas first and work out from there. Weather predicts when this operation is in full swing.
The fall sweep is intended to get the streets as clean as possible before snow removal takes place. Any sediment and leaves will inhibit storm water facilities if not cleaned. In Edina, leaves are not allowed to be placed in the street. We remove what falls and is blown on the hard surfaces before they can clog both grates and pipes, contributing to back-ups and/or flooding. With the help of residents who clean up yards and open areas in conjunction with the fall sweep, our community will be set for spring runoff and be a cleaner safer place to live.
The Edina Street Sweeping Plan provides guidance to help us reach our clean water goals.
2014 Street Sweeper Upgrade
When it was time to replace a street sweeper in 2014 the City upgraded to a regenerative air sweeper, a relatively new tool for cleaning streets with a greater efficiency than conventional mechanical brush sweepers. The ability to pick up more and finer material increases the recovery rates for solids and total phosphorus that otherwise would have entered water bodies.
The Street Sweeping Management Plan estimates that upgrading to a regenerative air sweeper increases load recovery of solids by as much as 47% and recovery of phosphorus by as much as 37%, in the baseline sweeping scenario.