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Hate getting those street sweeping tickets? This alert is for you

Three wards are offering drivers service receive alerts by text or email when street sweepers are coming those neighborhoods. |

Three wards are offering drivers a service to receive alerts by text or email on when street sweepers are coming to those neighborhoods. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times file

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Updated: June 13, 2012 10:35PM

Now here is a service that many city parkers could use: text or email alerts when street sweepers are coming to your neighborhood.

The alerts are being sent out the night before or by 7 a.m. the same morning the sweepers are about to roll through — potentially saving you from getting a ticket.

For now, the service, TktTxt, is available free to residents of at least three wards: the 1st, 32nd and 44th, said Max Bever, spokesman for Ald. Tom Tunney, whose 44th Ward includes Wrigley Field.

“We’ve been interested in [the service] a while,” Bever said. “Street cleaning is a main concern” to parkers — especially those who don’t move their cars for a few days at a time, he said.

While the city does put out temporary signs alerting parkers to move their cars, many folks either forget or don’t notice them, or the signs fall down. The city also posts a sweeping schedule on its website but no alerts are available.

TxtTxt’s website requires users to enter their address, because city wards contain as many as 25 zones.

“This is to let our system target your location for updates on street sweeping as well as other events that may impact your area for ticketing,” the site says. That includes Cubs night games.

The alerts have been available for nearly six weeks, and already more than 500 people have signed up, said Bever.

The service — which costs the wards $180 a month — is being paid for by the aldermen — Tunney and Alds. Joe Moreno (1st) and Scott Waguespeck (32nd) — and is not being paid by tax money, officials said.

While other websites have offered such alerts in the past, at least two of those sites appear to no longer be operating.

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