Spring is in the air, but the rocky remnants of winter are still on the ground. Once annually, the street sweepers make their pilgrimage across the installation, picking up any loose gravel and rocks from the neighborhood roads.
Street Sweeping Commences
Starting the week of 27 April the street sweepers will begin their journey across JBER.
This takes significantly longer than snow removal, and could extend into the following week.
Sweepers will start on JBER-R and make their way across the installation, ending in Cherry Hill.
Update (5/1): The above communication was incorrect. Sweepers actually started on JBER-E and are making their way to JBER-R. They aim to complete all street sweeping by 5/5 (Tuesday).
What do I need to do?
Keep vehicles parked on the roads to a minimum. The less vehicles, the more effective the street cleaning. We know that many people are at home, but if you are able, please accommodate. Make sure kids are kept away from these large vehicles as they make their way through your neighborhood and never sneak up on an unsuspecting street sweeper.
How does it work?
Water trucks first wet the roads, this helps reduce the amount of dust that gets kicked up. The street sweepers then make their way down the road picking up any debris. Picking up debris prevents it from entering the storm drains and polluting Alaska’s pristine ecosystem.
In addition to cleaning the roads, some must be repaired. Potholes form when moisture seeps into cracks in the asphalt. Freezing temperatures cause the moisture to freeze (and expand).
How can I help?
Report potholes to maintenance. We’re already tracking a number of them, but please share if you encounter one so we can get on it.