Sweeping up what's left of winter

March 21, 2019

Spring has finally arrived and City sweeping crews have sprung into action. While complete road sweeping has been delayed due to colder than normal temperatures and late season snow, sidewalk and bike lane sweeping have begun in earnest. A full road sweep is expected to begin Monday, April 1, weather permitting.

“Residents may have already noticed the small sidewalk and bike lane sweepers at work,” said Stephen Bryans, Roadways Operations Supervisor. “Street sweeping is completed in phases, beginning with sidewalks and bike lanes. Once temperatures are consistently above zero, the next phase begins and crews can begin to clean and clear the main roads.”

Residents can make the most out of the spring sweep by moving vehicles off the road as well as any other items that could impede street sweepers such as basketball hoops. Sweeping sand and debris from sidewalks and boulevards into the gutters is also helpful for a clean sweep.

“We ask residents to be patient with regards to street sweeping this year,” said Bryans. “Late season snowfalls and cooler temperatures have resulted in a significant accumulation of dirt and sand over the winter and it may take several passes to clear roads adequately.”

Signage will be in place at least twenty-four hours before an area is scheduled to be swept. Signs may be up longer depending on weather and available sweepers.

Sweepers will be operating daily and working to clean up a total of 1,650 lane kilometres of roadways and bike lanes. 

For more information on the City’s roadway maintenance, visit kelowna.ca/roadsweeping.