Assisting street sweeping operations


This year the City of Highland Parked moved from doing street
sweeping in house to contracting out the service. It was important to
provide information to the contractor that showed how often certain
streets needed to be swept. For example, curbed streets are swept
monthly while uncurbed streets are only swept twice a year. Arterial and
other major roads are swept once per week.

The city maintains a GIS layer that contains attributes for 12
sweeping routes. Using this layer, 24 maps showing regular and arterial
routes were created. These maps showed the contractor how often each
street had to be swept. It also included street names and nearby streets
not included in the sweeping routes. This is critical information for
contractors who may not be familiar with the local area. The routes and
the base layers ensure the contractor can find the streets included in
each route.

Using GIS the city had a tool to quickly create a series maps to
inform a contractor exactly what was expected. This avoided the extra
man required to have employees hand draw the maps and avoided the in
accuracy that accompanies hand drawn map. Thus minimizing the chances
that street might be missed or that the wrong streets were swept.