The City of Atlanta Department of Public Works has begun the process of clearing major streets of excess remaining gravel and salt debris left from the treatment of the roadways during last week’s winter storm.

Department of Public Works crews will be clearing major arterial streets first, including Peachtree Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and others. Motorists are asked to refrain from on-street parking after 8 p.m. every evening this week to allow crews to properly sweep the material.

Street sweeping will occur in residential areas during the day, and in business/commercial districts in the evenings. The city’s goal is to have all major arterial roadways in the city that were treated last week to be swept by Feb. 24.

Residents and business owners in surrounding neighborhoods who wish to clean areas abutting their property, please note that sand and gravel should not be swept into the streets or trash containers. Sand, salt and gravel can create problems in the city’s storm water system and can also be damaging to equipment. The city urges residents and business owners to place treatment materials in piles at the curb for disposal by the city.

Residents/businesses may report problem areas requiring attention by calling (404) 330-6333 or via email to publicworks@atlantaga.gov.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.