Mayor Taveras Kicks Off Citywide Springtime Street Sweeping Program

 Mayor Taveras Kicks Off Citywide Springtime Street Sweeping Program

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras today kicked off a citywide street sweeping program after a snowy winter that left sand and debris on roads throughout Providence. Ward 7 City Councilman John Igliozzi joined Mayor Taveras to kick off the street sweeping initiative in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood.
«I am pleased to begin the process of cleaning Providence’s streets after a long winter,» said Mayor Taveras. «Crews will be working on an aggressive schedule to give our Capital City the spring cleaning it needs and deserves.»
Cleaning crews will work first shift and third shift for six weeks to sweep all streets in Providence, making roads more passable for bicyclists and pedestrians. Crews will simultaneously begin work to sweep main streets and clean neighborhood roads throughout the city. The Department of Public Works has hired an outside vendor to supplement the city’s street sweeping resources.
«Sweeping all city streets will not only enhance the appearance of our neighborhoods, but will make it easier for residents to walk and bike on our roads,» Councilman Igliozzi said.

Overnight parking permit holders and all residents are asked to be mindful of temporary ‘alternate side of the street’ parking signs during the cleanup process. These rules are needed to ensure that trucks can thoroughly sweep streets. The temporary ‘alternate of the street’ parking signs will indicate that parking is allowed on the side of the road with even house numbers on dates that are even, and on the side of the road with odd numbers on dates that are odd numbers.
Overnight parking permit holders will be notified by e-mail that the street sweeping process is beginning in their neighborhoods. This program allows overnight parking permit holders to continue to park on the street, but all residents will be expected to heed the signs designating which side of the road to park on.


The City of Providence Department of Public Works has announced that free yard debris collection will begin Monday, April 14, 2014.

  • Residents are encouraged to recycle and compost all yard debris.
  • Yard debris should be left curbside on regular recycling and trash collection days.
  • Sticks and trimmings must be cut to 4 feet or smaller and tied together. Yard debris may not be placed inside plastic bags.