Monday October 18, 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a new street-sweeping program that will clean 1,100 miles of major roads and transportation routes in suburban areas of the community.
The pilot program, expected to start in the next few weeks, will clean major suburban transportation routes such as Dixie and Preston highways and Shelbyville, Bardstown and Taylorsville roads three times over the next 18 months, Abramson said.
The $175,000 initiative is being paid for by a $50,000 allocation in this year’s Metro Government budget and $125,000 from the State Litter Fund, which helps pay for litter control efforts.
“The reason we’re doing this is simple. These roads – many of them state roads – are among the most visible in our community,” Abramson said. “Litter along those roads becomes a problem. It’s an issue of putting the best face on our community. It’s an issue of quality of life and, as a result, it becomes an economic development issue for our hometown.”
Louisville Metro Government is contracting with a private company, Sweeping Corporation of America (SCA) based in Nashville, to conduct the street-sweeping program. SCA has a contract with the Kentucky Department of Transportation to sweep highways throughout the state.
SCA also has contracts in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. The company also sweeps neighborhood streets in Nashville.
Street sweeping will be conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will take a 44-day cycle to complete the 1,100 miles of roads in the program, which will concentrate in three suburban areas – East, Central and Southwest.
The program will take place in the fall, spring and summer. Street sweeping is not conducted in the winter months. Signs will be posted on the roads that are being swept and signage from the community’s anti-litter campaign will be posted on the street-sweeping vehicles.
Abramson said he will work with Metro Council members to evaluate the program’s effectiveness and determine whether it should be continued after the 18-month pilot project.
The street-sweeping program is in addition to ongoing efforts to collect litter along highways in the community. State highway crews will collect litter in November, January and March along I-71, I-64, I-65, the Watterson Expressway and the Gene Snyder. Two expressway pickups last winter hauled in 134 tons of litter.