Sound Off

Sound Off: Why is the city sweeping streets when in a few weeks they’ll be throwing sand down to combat snow?

Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this answer: Sweeping is something the city does every day that it is not raining (or snowing) and the temperature is above freezing. This winter has been mild, so far, and crews have been able to get more material, such as leaves, picked up than previous years. The city collected 874 cubic yards of material in December through the street sweeping program.


Terry Sexton 6 years, 5 months ago

The same reason my wife makes me vacuum the carpet even though I'll be tracking in mort dirt later.

RoeDapple 6 years, 5 months ago

So we won't confuse Lawrence for Topeka?

Phillbert 6 years, 5 months ago

Because for some reason a few people think the appropriate place to rake their leaves is into the gutter.

CLARKKENT 6 years, 5 months ago


Tony Kisner 6 years, 5 months ago

Working for the city must be easy you get a lot of helpful input.

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 5 months ago

That has to rank as the...well, sorry to be rude, but...dumbest Sound off question I can remember!

It's like saying they don't understand why anyone would sweep the leaves off their front stairs because, at some point in the future, they'll be putting salt down on those same stairs.

Just off the top of my head... Leaves. Slippery when wet. Moveable. Plug drainage systems. Sand/salt. Want on hard surfaces, not on moveable leaves. Used to give traction/melt snow on hard surfaces, not on moveable leaves. More leaves, harder to achieve purpose of sand/salt. Snow/ice melt, but leaves have plugged drainage systems, so roads flood and freeze over, causing accidents. And that's just leaves, mind you.

I think this person's real question should have been "Could you please explain the purpose of street sweeping? I don't understand why they do it."

1julie1 6 years, 5 months ago

I would also hope that the street sweeping picks up loose nails, screws, bits of metal, and other items that can cause tire punctures. For that I am grateful.

pace 6 years, 5 months ago

Cleaning the streets is an important safety precaution. It should be obvious.

Aimee Polson 6 years, 5 months ago

Is there a way to find out when the city is going to go down your street?

Flap Doodle 6 years, 5 months ago

You don't want the sand to get dirty, do you?

matahari 6 years, 5 months ago

ha! I was going to complain about sanding and the city not cleaning streets. So, there you have it. I could swear I saw sand trucks going by during the past lil snow scare

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