Weather permitting, spring sweeping is scheduled to begin in late March to clean up winter sand and dirt. Sweeping can only take place when the temperatures are consistently above zero.
Sweeping starts in the town centres then progresses to the lower levels of the city such as Orchard Park and Springfield before moving into the higher elevations like Black Mountain and Dilworth.
Unlike snow removal where streets have assigned priority status, street sweeping starts in the lower elevations and the entire area is cleared. This is more time efficient for crews, and allows time for overnight temperatures to raise in the higher elevations before sweeping takes place. Some areas may require multiple passes by the sweeper to ensure all debris are cleared.
Below are some useful tips to allow for a clean sweep of debris:
- Watch for signage to remove vehicles, basketball hoops or other items that may impede the street sweeper from cleaning debris from gutters.
- Sweep sand and debris from sidewalks and boulevards into the gutters.
Signage will be placed at least twenty-four hours before the area is scheduled to be swept. Signs may be up longer depending on weather and available sweepers. In the event the area has obstacles that prevent the sweepers from reaching the curb (such as waste bins), the sweeper may return at a later date.
The sweepers clean an approximate total of 1,600 lane kilometres, including bike lanes.
All roads in the City's maintenance area will be swept and flushed by mid-May during the spring sweep, weather permitting.
Bike Lane Sweeping
Bike lanes are swept in conjunction with the City's roads.
Use our service request system to request information or report a problem.