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Street Sweeping
City crews work long hours in the spring to remove debris that piles up on streets over the winter. Annual street sweeping helps protect water quality by keeping sediment-filled runoff from entering City ponds and lakes.

Why We Sweep Streets Street sweeping equipment
Street sweeping is necessary for a number of reasons. It helps keep vehicles and pedestrians safe by keeping debris off the roadway, it helps keep streets well maintained and it helps protect surface water quality and the environment.

The City uses both City employees/equipment and private contractors to provide this service. Completion dates vary each year, and are dependent on weather conditions, personnel and equipment availability.

How We Decide Which Streets to Sweep
A. Crews begin spring sweeping (of snow and salt) in late March or early April. Areas that drain into high-priority water bodies (as determined by the City’s Water Resources Management Plan) will be swept first. Spring sweeping is typically completed by May 15.

B. Sealcoating is a surface application of asphalt, followed by a layer of small aggregate that protects the pavement after a street is built or resurfaced. Crews will sweep excess sealcoat within one week of its application during a street project. Additional sweeping of sealcoat aggregate may be performed on an as needed basis.

C. Crews will begin fall sweeping after most of the leaves have dropped from Burnsville trees. Areas that drain into high-priority water bodies (as determined by the City’s Water Resources Management Plan), or that have a greater accumulation of leaves, will be swept first. The goal of fall sweeping is to remove as many leaves possible, so some streets may be swept twice BEFORE other streets are swept for the first time.

D. Storm Water Quality areas will be swept on a priority basis throughout the year as shown in the Water Resources Management Plan.

E. Environmental/general sweeping will be performed on an as needed basis.

F. Bituminous milling recovery sweeping will be performed on the same day of a grinding, milling or crack sealing operation or as specified by the City Engineer.

G. Erosion/siltation dirt & debris cleanup from construction projects is the responsibility of the developer, contractor or property owner. Except in cases of emergency, streets must be cleaned and swept within 24 hours of notification. If the streets are not swept in that time frame, the City may sweep the street and bill the responsible party.

H. Resident requests for sweeping will be evaluated and the Street Supervisor will determine the priority. Requests can be made using the online RequestTracker.

I. Sweeping of County roads is the responsibility of the Dakota County Highway Department. State highways are the responsibility of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The City may assist in sweeping operations on these other jurisdictional roadways under emergency or mutual aid conditions.

How We Sweep Streets Street sweeping equipment
Sweeping is a slow process. Average gutter-line speeds for the first sweeping in spring can be as slow as 2 to 3 miles per hour. Normally center lines are swept after gutter lines are cleaned. Equipment may include mechanical, vacuum or regenerative air sweepers, water tankers and multiple dump trucks.

The City has classified City streets based on the street function, traffic volume, impact on water quality and the environment and the importance to the welfare of the community. Accordingly, sweeping routes are designed to provide the maximum possible benefit to higher volume and water quality-sensitive areas.

Sweeping is conducted when weather conditions permit. Factors that may delay sweeping include: temperatures below 32 degrees, wind, rain, snow and frozen gutter lines.

Sweeping is performed in conjunction with and can be impacted by other maintenance projects. Sweeping operations are normally conducted Monday - Friday, from 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Spring and fall sweeping hours of operations are normally 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Extended work days and shift changes may be used for spring and fall cleanup or emergency sweeping.

The City may sweep trails and sidewalks on collector and arterial streets once in the spring after the risk of snow has passed, and they are clear of snow and ice, or on an as-needed basis.

Sand, sealcoat rock or other dirt and debris on the street can create a potentially dangerous condition for vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. It would not be practical or effective to sign all streets for potential dangerous conditions. During sealcoat or milling operations, warning signs indicating loose rock will be placed on each end of collector and arterial streets or other appropriate areas where needed. These signs will remain in place until the street has been swept.

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