The Highway Division mechanically sweeps each street in Shrewsbury, Starting in March the program runs for eight-ten weeks. Town-wide street sweeping includes twice-yearly sweeping to improve stormwater quality. By sweeping up sand and other debris, catch basins are kept clean and able to function efficiently. Street sweepers also help to remove particles and chemicals that get deposited on roadways through the wear and tear of vehicle parts, combustion, and leaking engine fluids.

The 2022 spring street sweeping is on scheduled to begin in March, weather permitting.


The sidewalk route that the Highway Division sweeps is very similar to the route that is plowed in the winter.  Sidewalks bounded by school areas and main roads were watered down to control dust, swept off with our sidewalk machine with a broom attachment.  A backpack blower is utilized to remove any debris left behind and to clean around obstructions. Next, our two sweepers clean up that material, loaded it into dump trucks, and it was deposit into the landfill on Rt. 20.  This protocol uses all of the Highway Division’s equipment operators to be as efficient as possible.


Where & When

As of Wednesday, May 12, 2021, the Highway Division completed the sweeping program for the spring of 2021.  The Spring sweeping program took approximately 9 weeks to complete. The sweepers completed the following areas:

Wachusett AreaCypress AreaHolden Street AreaDeerfield Area
Colonial Drive areaDartmoor AreaAudubon AreaKeyes House Area
Camelot AreaTown Hall AreaLibraryMt. View Cemetery
Dean ParkCentech BoulevardGreem StWalnut St
South StHemmingway AreaGrace Ave AreaEdgemere Area
Arrowwood AreaPublic Facility parking lots

The sidewalk areas that have been completed are as follows: 

South StFloral Street School areaGrafton StBoylston St
Old Mill RdNorth Quinsigamond AveMaple AvenueMain St

With these areas completed, we have picked up over 340 tons of material.  The sweepers will be working on an as-needed basis over the course of the summer months and anticipate beginning fall street sweeping approximately the first week of November 2021. 

 Updates are posted regularly on the Highway Division page on the Town Website along with news flash emails to listserv subscribers.