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Denver street sweepers back on job, tickets resume

David Heitz

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City and County of Denver

Consider yourself warned: Denver's street sweepers return to city streets Friday.

Street sweeping stops during the winter, but the city begins writing tickets when the practice resumes.

You need to pay attention to the red and white street sweeping signs posted around town. If you park along a street-sweeping route, be prepared to move your car in time or face getting a ticket.

"Denver's annual street sweeping program removes dirt and debris off city streets, keeping it out of our air and water and making our environment cleaner and healthier," according to a news release from the city's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure. "Denver asks residents to move their cars on their street sweeping day so the sweepers can reach all the way to the curb line where dirt accumulates. The removal of debris also prevents storm sewer inlets from getting clogged."

Tickets for not moving vehicles cost $50. You can sign up on PocketGov.com for street-sweeping schedules and reminder text alerts.

People who work second or third shift and arrive home after midnight may struggle to find a spot to park on street-sweeping days. They also may sleep through street sweeping and wake up to a ticket.

Street sweeping continues through the end of November.

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