Street Sweeping

Howard County’s street sweeping program is designed to help prevent street dirt from reaching the waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. Curbs are swept four times each year by a contractor using brush sweepers. Each year we remove approximately 1200 tons of debris from more than 1300 miles of curbs.

Each sweeping cycle takes from six to nine weeks to complete. Cycles generally begin in the months of January, April, July and September. In general each cycle begins in the east part of Howard County and moves westward.

For more information, contact the Bureau of Highways.

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Sweeping

Street Sweeping Schedule

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County street sweepers are currently sweeping the following zones:

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East Zone 6B: Adalee Ct, Angelina Cir, Attic Window Way, Banjo Ct, Better Hours Ct, Bright Soul, Broken Staff, Brush Run, Candleshine Ct, Carved Stone, Carved Stone, Catwing Ct, Cornshock Ct, Cradlerock Farm Ct, Cradlerock Way, Crazyquilt Ct, Curtis Dr, Curtsey Ct, Dasher Ct, Dasher Farm Ct, Dawnblush Ct, Deepage Dr, Deerpasture Dr, Dewlit Way, Dockside Ln, Downdale Pl, Drowsy Day, Farbell Row, Feathered Head, Flintfeet Ln, Folded Palm, Gentle Folk, Gentle Way, Harp String, Hickory Limb, Hickory Log Cir, Homespun Dr, Honeyladen Pl, Hourglass Pl, Ivoryhand Pl, Kerry Hill Ct, Kilrain Ct, Lasting Light Way, Life Quest Ln, Melting Shadows Ln, Moonfire Pl, Oak Hall Ln, Opal Chain, Peace Chimes Ct, Perfect Hour, Pigeonwing Pl, Possum Ct, Quick Fox, Riding Hood Cir, Ripplestir Pl, Rustling Leaf, Rustling Leaf, Sea Change, Sharp Antler, Silver Sod, Sleepsoft Cir, Smooth Path, Spinning Seed, Stag Horn Path, Star Path, Steamerbell Row, Sweet Clover, Sylvan Dell, Talisman Ln, Tunemaker Ter, Wedding Ring Way, Westering Sun, Wheatsheaf Way, Windbell Way, Winter Rose Path.

East Zone 6C: Agail Pl, Barefoot Boy, Bendbough Ct, Big River Run, Brett Ln, Browsing Deer, Bugledrum Way, Bullring Ln, Cameldriver Ct, Castile Ct, Clearsmoke Ct, Cobbler Ct, Commadore Ct, Committment Ct, Deep Calm, Deep Cup, Encounter Row, Enquiry Ct, Fallen Stone, Farewell Rd, Forty Winks Way, Frietchie Row, Fruitgift Pl, Garland Ln, Gay Topaz, Greco Garth, Happy Heart Ln, Knighthood Ln, Landbreeze Row, Latchkey Row, Leafy Screen, Little Boots, Loveknot Pl, Many Days, Nightstreet Hill, Oaken Door, Old Man Ct, Open Flower, Orient Ln, Ourtime Ln, Overheart Ln, Owen Brown Rd, Owen Woods Way, Parallel Ln, Pastora Pl, Patchin Ct, Patuxent Woods Dr, Pennacook Ct, Pilar Ct, Pressed Gentian, Quiet Hours, Rainbow Span, Rising Moon, Rocksparkle Row, Saddlebag Row, Sandchain Rd, Scarlet Petal, Second Morning Ct, Setting Star, Shadowshape Pl, Sinbad Pl, Soft Shade Way, Sunfleck Row, Sunset Light, Sweet Fern, Tauler Ct, Tawney Bloom, Tinted Hill, Tufted Moss, Waning Moon Way, Windharp Way, Wishing Bridge, Woodblock Row, Woven Moonbeam, Youngheart Ln.

East Zone 6D: Golden Coin Court, Copper Sky Court, Fairmead Lane, Weatherwise Way, Snowman Court, Elffolk Terrace, Lookinglass Lane, Spicewind Court, Skyward Court.

Weather permitting, sweeping operations are scheduled on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and attempts to avoid conflicts with trash collection and recycling days. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are the roads swept?

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Sweeping helps remove road dirt and contaminants before they reach the waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.

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Will a sweeper be sweeping my street?

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All curbs on the County road network are swept four times each year. Roads without curbs are not usually swept because the sweeper is less effective on roads without curbs. Additionally, grass swales on open section roads are very effective in filtering out road dirt and contaminants before they enter the waterways.

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Why didn’t the sweeper pick up the leaves on my street?

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Sweepers are not designed to pick up leaves. Large quantities of leaves will clog sweeper filters, spreading the leaves over a large area. Sweeper operators will avoid areas of curb containing an excessive number of leaves.

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Why did the sweeper fail to sweep random areas on my street?

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Sweepers may have found it necessary to maneuver around vehicles parked on the street. In that instance, residents can call the Bureau of Highways at 410-313-7450 and a supervisor will investigate any missed areas.

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Why does the sweeper make multiple passes on my street?

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The sweeper operator may be driving around the block to finish cleaning an intersection. Driving around the block to complete a sweep is often times a safer approach than backing up to sweep. The sweeper operator may also have determined that the first pass did not sufficiently clean the curb line. This approach is usually viewed as a sign of a conscientious operator as the contract reimbursement is based on the actual curb length rather than the number of passes.

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Will I receive notification of when the sweepers are coming to my street?

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Howard County is divided into 29 sweeping areas with each area requiring, on average, a day to sweep. Currently, Homeowners Associations on our address list are notified several times each week by e-mail of major scheduled work in the County, including areas being swept that day and often the two or three days that follow. Please call the Bureau of Highways if an email address needs to be added to the announcement distribution list.

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Why does the sweeping schedule sometimes coincide with trash and recycling collection days?

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The 29 sweeping areas were developed for the quickest continuous sweeping effort to obtain the best competitive bid. These areas do not align with the current 15 trash and recycling collection routes and 75 sub routes. The County GIS system is being used to investigate improvements in coordinating these two major efforts.

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Why are sweeper crews working in the winter when the roads are frozen?

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The January sweeping effort actually collects more road debris than the spring and summer cycles, and it is one of most effective ways of collecting the road debris prior the spring rains.

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