Street sweeping is part of the stormwater management plan to keep waterways clean and to enhance the appearance of the city. Street sweepers remove up to 19 tons of debris from Hampton's streets every day that would otherwise end up in the Chesapeake Bay. Public Works also clears major arterial streets and roads in the city during and after every snowfall. You can see a map of the streets that will be cleared after a snowstorm here.
Street Sweeping Schedule
The schedule separates city streets into 16 areas and different streets in each area are swept based on the day of the week during the month (Monday-Thursday). Friday is often a make-up day for holidays and other changes in the schedule, but this can be verified in the Daily Press and by reaching out to the 311 Call Center at 757-727-8311. If there is severe weather on your sweeping day, your street will be swept the following month.
The Street and Bridge Operations Division maintains 16 routes that cover about 350 miles of residential streets each year. To find out when your street will be swept, check the Street Sweeping Schedule or use the City's Geographic Information System (GIS).
- Go to the City’s GIS website.
- Check the box labeled “By checking here, you agree to the information provided above” and click “Enter Site” to access the GIS website
- Type your street number and street name into the individual fields and then click the "search" button. You do not need to enter the PIN/LRSN/RPC.
- Click on your search results.
- Select the "City Resources" tab to find out when your streets will be swept. The information is listed under the “Public Works” heading in the middle of the page
Preparing Your Street to be Swept
You can help prepare for street sweeping on your street by checking that your garbage can, recycling bin, vehicles, basketball hoops, bulk trash, bags of leaves, or other items are not in the street so that the sweeper is not obstructed by the curb. These items can be damaged if left in the street and the operator cannot do a complete job sweeping around the items.
Please do not blow leaves or grass into the street for the street sweeper to pick up. Leaves and grass are only collected by the Solid Waste Division in clear plastic bags. Sweeping leaves and grass into the street is a violation of the City Ordinance, can cause flooding if the curb and gutter gets blocked, and is unsightly in the neighborhood. Street Sweepers will drive around piles of leaves and grass left in the gutter pan in the street.
What Streets are Swept?
All arterial and residential streets that have curbs and gutters are swept once a month. Streets without curb and gutter are not swept in the program, nor are private streets. Public Works will only sweep City-owned parking lots. All private parking lots, private streets, shopping centers, and commercial or business properties are swept by private companies.
The City will not maintain any alleyways unless houses front them and they are used as the primary entrance point to the home. Additionally, alleyways do not have curb and gutter and therefore are not swept.