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November 16, 2018

It's A Sweep! City Sweepers Collect Tons of Material

One of the City's 10 sweepers in action in west Rapid City. One of the City's 10 sweepers in action in west Rapid City. (City Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)

KICK IT TO THE CURB? SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG?

NOT FOR CITY SWEEPERS

City crews have collected hundreds of tons of material this year

RAPID CITY, SD--You see the big trucks working in a residential area during the middle of the day, or perhaps along a main line stretch of road in the wee hours of the morning. The sound you hear, as the truck slowly moves its way through a quiet neighborhood, is much like that of your vacuum cleaner as you work a room in your house, only louder.

            They are the City Street Sweepers and this year, crews have swept up hundreds of tons of material.

            By the numbers, City Street Superintendent Dale Pfeifle says crews have swept 3,488.46 tons of material off City streets from January 1 to November 8.  Yes, tons!

            By comparison, last year Pfeifle says crews collected 1,550 tons of material.  The runoff of material from spring and summer rains, coupled with increased building activity, helped produce this year's heavy haul of material collected by the City's 10 sweepers.

            "It's been a busy year with the rain events, the building activity and we are busy currently collecting leaves," Pfeifle said.  "This is an important time for sweeping because the leaves can build up and clog up the catch basins and that can impact the runoff from melting snows and rain."

            All of the material is hauled to the Rapid City Landfill and used for cover.

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Thank you,

Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator

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