Parking freedom comes early this year

October 29, 2012

No more street sweeping means you have to worry about fewer of these. (Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post)

For most folks, Halloween’s the reason you celebrate on Oct. 31. For many car-owning D.C. residents, you also celebrate because it’s Parking Freedom Day — the day when the Department of Public Works halts street sweeping operations for the winter, meaning no alternate-side parking restrictions till things start back up in the spring.

And, because of Hurricane Sandy, Parking Freedom Day came early this year.

DPW spokeswoman Linda Grant says that street-sweeping parking restrictions are suspended through Wednesday, meaning they are in fact suspended through March 1.

Also, parking enforcement will continue to be suspended Tuesday: “No meters, no residential, no rush hour,” Grant said.

The downside: No trash or recycling pickup Tuesday, either. If you get once-a-week trash pickup, you’ll have to keep stuffing your Supercan till next week. If you have twice weekly (Tuesday/Thursday) pickup, expect to see your friendly neighborhood refuse technician later this week. 

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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