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Street sweepers have a traveling speed of 20-25 MPH when empty and 15-20 MPH loaded. The working speed while sweeping is about 5-7 MPH.
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The Division does not publicize the exact schedule for Street Sweeping for 2 reasons: 1) The schedule is always changing due to weather, staffing and other work that may be ongoing, and 2) Some residents/businesses try cleaning their entire yard out into the street ahead of the Division’s operations. The sweepers do not pick up twigs and heavy leaves very well, which is why it takes so long to sweep after bad wind storms.
If there is debris on your road that you would like cleaned, please contact the DPW office at 508-261-7335 or the Highway Division at 508-261-7336, and a work order will be generated. The work order will be reviewed and prioritized by the Highway Division Staff and, depending on the work load, placed on the schedule for completion.
The Division’s ability to perform Town-wide sweeping after a rain event is limited due to ongoing work and limited staffing. We do our best to have 1 sweeper and a truck respond to the worse areas. These are typically higher speed roads with curves and intersection, as they pose substantial risk to all users.