Street Sweeping

Program Mission: To clean city streets as required to provide safe conditions for all modes of transportation. Clean streets will improve air standards and stormwater quality services to the citizens of Gainesville.

Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs 4:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The City of Gainesville maintains over 800 lane miles of paved roadway. Over 300 of these lane miles have curb and gutter. Curb and guttered streets are the focus of street sweeping activities in order to remove debris that would plug storm drains and cause flooding. City streets are maintained by 4 sweepers and two dump trucks.

The sweepers sweep approximately 18,000 miles of local, collector, and arterial roads annually and remove approximately 15,000 cubic yards of debris in the process.

Frequency of Street Sweeping
Downtown Area: Swept early in the morning every Monday throughout the year. Additionally, the downtown area around the Plaza and NE 1st Street is swept prior to special events such as the annual Art Festivals and Homecoming Parade. Also, the NW 5th Avenue and 6th Street area by Santa Fe College is swept prior to the annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival.
Major Arterial and Collector Roads: Swept once every 4 weeks or as needed. 
Residential Areas: Residential areas of the city are swept every 4 to 6 weeks, which averages about 9 times annually.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.When is my street scheduled to be swept?
A. The entire city is swept monthly by zones which rotate around the trash pick-up schedule.  Interruptions of the zone schedule may be caused by an emergency, such as inclement weather conditions or equipment repairs.

Q.The sweeper was in my area but did not sweep my street. Why was my street missed?
A. Occasionally, equipment breakdown, holidays and cars parked in the right of way may force the sweeper to miss an assigned area. If a street is missed, it will be swept during the next scheduled pass. Streets without curb and gutter are not swept.  

Last updated January 23, 2014