Great news, Philly!

A $62 million investment over five years in street cleaning has made it possible for Phase 2 of the City’s Mechanical Street Cleaning to launch. 

Check out the details below to learn more about Phase 2 of the program.

When will Phase 2 begin?

Phase 2 will begin Monday, August 9 and run through Tuesday, November 30, 2021. 

Where are the target neighborhoods?

Using the Litter Index, the Streets Department picked 14 neighborhoods to take part in the second phase of the Mechanical Street Cleaning pilot. These neighborhoods have the highest concentration of litter and need more City services to keep them clean.

The Mechanical Cleaning Pilot Program will launch on Monday, August 9 in the following areas: 

Neighborhood Pilot boundaries
North Central Broad to 22nd from Glenwood to Diamond (map)
South McKean to Oregon from 4th to 8th (map)
Southwest Woodland to Kingsessing from 49th to Cemetery (map)
Strawberry Mansion Diamond to Lehigh from Sedgley to 33rd (map)

The rollout in 10 additional areas will be announced at a later date (See table below):

Neighborhood Pilot boundaries
Frankford Bridge to Adams from Griscom St to Torresdale Ave
Germantown Berkley to Chelten from Pulaski to Wakefield
Kensington 2nd St to Kensington from Tioga to Lehigh Ave.
Logan Godfrey to Roosevelt Blvd. from Broad to 5th Sts
Nicetown Broad to Clarissa from Hunting Park Ave to Windrim
Paschall 58th to 70th from Greenway to Dicks
Point Breeze Christian to McKean from Broad to 24th Sts
Port Richmond Kensington to Aramingo from Tioga to Lehigh Ave
West Fairhill 5th to 13th Sts from Glenwood to Susquehanna
West Philly Parkside to Girard Ave from 52nd to 40th Sts

How will you clean the streets?

  • Streets Department laborers equipped with backpack blowers and hand brooms will clean some pilot routes. 
  • Mechanical brooms will follow cleaning crews once debris is blown off sidewalks and curb lines.    
  • To ensure cleaning is maintained, SWEEP Officers will patrol neighborhoods to address sanitation code violations related to litter.  

What do I need to know?

You will need to move your car for scheduled street cleanings.

In preparation for the launch of phase 2 of the Mechanical Cleaning Pilot Program, the Streets Department is installing poles and posting signs, along with testing equipment on designated routes in the selected areas. 

Residents may notice mechanical cleaning signs posted on their blocks. Residents are urged to adhere to posted “No Parking” signs beginning Monday, August 9 to allow for a more thorough cleaning of the street from curb to curb. Warnings will be issued for cars parked illegally during the early stages of the pilot.

Residents will be notified in advance when parking enforcement will begin.  

Learn more about Phase 2 of Mechanical Street Cleaning.