Richmond to install new street sweeping signs citywide

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Richmond to install new street sweeping signs citywide
Existing street sweeping sign in Richmond. (Photo by Mike Kinney).

By Mike Kinney

New street sweeping signs will be installed in all Richmond neighborhoods as the city looks to resume enforcement in order to prevent debris from ending up in storm drains and waterways.

At its meeting Feb. 6, City Council approved city staff’s request to spend about $550,000 in General Fund dollars to kick off installation of street sweeping signs citywide.

During the COVID pandemic when many residents stayed home and didn’t move their vehicles, the Richmond City Council directed staff to temporarily cease enforcing street sweeping parking restrictions. Although street sweepers continued to do their work, parking wasn’t enforced.

The problem is that parked vehicles are preventing the street sweeping trucks from properly removing debris from gutters. The city is mandated by the state to prevent debris from ending up in storm drains and waterways.

“The best way to remove debris from the gutters is to enforce street sweeping parking restrictions,” city staff said.

Public Works staff is developing a “No Parking” street sweeping sign inventory that documents the locations of all existing and missing street sweeping signs throughout the city.  

Recent studies show that 16 subdivisions or neighborhoods in the city do not have street sweeping signs. They include: Bristlecone, Canyon Oaks, Carriage Hills South, Country Club, Greenridge, Hasford Heights, Hilltop Bayview, Hilltop Green, Lenora, Marina Bay, Metro Richmore, Panhandle Annex, Point Richmond, Quail Hill, Richmond Annex, and Via Verdi (Sobrante Glen).

All neighborhoods will soon have them, and the city will look to enforce them citywide equitably. 

Staff states the initial project to install street sweeping signs can be planned, bid, constructed, and closed out in eight to nine months. Following the installation, residents, businesses and visitors will be alerted about upcoming enforcement and provided with a grace period where only warnings will be issued. After the grace period expires, parking violators will be ticketed, according to city staff.