Last week Boston Public Works officials pitched its plan to expand street sweeping to the Charlestown Navy Yard at a Charlestown Neighborhood Council meeting. According to Public Works officials. the program would begin in the spring and would be implimented on many streets in the Navy Yard. Public works said the purpose of this program is to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood by providing a cleaner environment.
City Councilor Sal LaMattina is in favor of the plan and worked with Public Works and residents to bring the program to the area.
“We have been asked by residents for some time now if the city would be willing to expand street sweeping to the Navy Yard,” said LaMattina. “I think its a good idea and will help keep more of the neighborhood clean.”
LaMattina said mechanical street sweeping is the most efficient and cost-effective manner to clean streets in the City.
However, while residents are clamoring for street cleaning in the Navy Yard, LaMattina said the city is going to need the help of residents here.
“We are going to need corporation if this program is going to succeed,” said LaMattina. “If cars are parked at the curb on posted street sweeping days the city will not be able to do its job.”
According to Public Works merchants and residents of the targeted streets will be required to move their vehicles twice a month from April through November beginning this spring. Sweeping and enforcement will be conducted on Thursdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12 noon. New signage will be posted by March 15 and notification flyers will be distributed prior to the start of the program in April.
Unless otherwise regulated, the odd numbered sides of the streets included in the program will be posted and swept on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12 noon. The even side would be posted and swept on the 2nd and 4th Thursday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12 noon.
The following streets will be included in the program;
1st Avenue, from 5th to 16th Streets Flagship Wharf/8th Street, from 1st to end. Constellation Wharf/9th Street, from 1st to end. 3rd Avenue, from 6th Street to 9th Street 6th Street, from 1st Avenue to 3rd Avenue 7th Street, from 1st Avenue to 3rd Avenue 9th Street, from 1st Avenue to 3rd avenue
Enforcement of the parking regulations will be through parking violation fines and possible towing. Interested parties can register for sweeping schedule electronic reminders through the ‘NO_TOW’ program. This and other information on street sweeping and regulations can be found at www.cityofboston.gov.