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Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations

Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager

Media Advisory
News Date: March 20, 2020

City of Columbus to Delay April Start of Annual Street Sweeping Program

The City of Columbus is delaying the April start of its annual street sweeping program at posted routes to ensure convenience and on-street parking availability for residents during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

City street sweeping normally operates from April through October. Street signs with posted sweeping days alert residents when to move their cars on specified days and times. For now, residents may disregard those on-street parking restrictions. The Department of Public Service, Division of Infrastructure Management, will conduct sweeping on an as-needed basis, but ticketing and towing will not be enforced.

The Department will re-evaluate the suspended service in mid-April to possibly resume the street sweeping program in May, pending further developments related to the coronavirus emergency.

“The Department of Public Service is focused on the health and safety of our residents as we maintain delivery of essential city services they depend on every day,” said Director Jennifer L. Gallagher. “Services such as trash collection, traffic operations and street maintenance are our priorities for the well-being of our residents.”

The street sweeping delay is one of several actions the city has taken this week to provide flexibility and convenience to residents following public health guidelines to stay at or work from home. These measures include:

  • No ticketing of vehicle owners for failing to register or for displaying expired license plates following Gov. Mike DeWine’s indefinite closure of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles deputy registrar locations.
  • No enforcement for now of the parking code requiring vehicles parked on the street to be moved after 72 hours.
  • Parking ticket appeal hearings are cancelled indefinitely and all fines and penalties are suspended until hearings resume.
  • Some High Street parking meters in the Short North are temporarily converted to 30 minutes to accommodate carryout service and brief pick-up and drop-off at local restaurants and businesses there.