Why does the City only clean streets with curbs?

The City cleans only streets with curbs because the accumulation of debris at the curb is caused by the design of the street and vehicular movement. Streets are designed with a crown in the middle sloping toward the sides. Water and debris move toward the curb and gutter areas. Vehicle movement scatters debris to the edges of traffic lanes.

No Curbs

Streets with no curbs are affected by the same factors as curbed streets, but with no curb the debris is dispersed onto areas adjacent to the paved surfaces. Uncurbed streets are, in effect, self-cleaning. Additionally, street sweeping with no curb and gutter can actually create more problems as the brushes pull the dirt and debris from the side of the street onto the asphalt.

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1. Why is street sweeping and clear curbs and gutters important?
2. Why does the City only clean streets with curbs?
3. Where can I find out when a street sweeper will be in my neighborhood? public notification of street cleaning schedules?
4. Why wasn’t street sweeping completed in front of my house?
5. How can I help the street sweepers?