The city will begin the annual spring cleanup operation of streets, sidewalks and back lanes on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 10:00pm. It will take around five to six weeks to complete.
To assist in efficient street cleaning operations, temporary “no parking” signs will be placed on some streets to restrict on-street parking during scheduled cleaning times. When these signs are in place, motorists are encouraged to find alternate parking during the posted times to avoid being ticketed or towed.
Crews will initially focus on the downtown area, major routes, bridges and overpasses. Sidewalks, active transportation pathways, boulevards and medians will also be swept on main routes, bus routes and collector streets. As well, crews will be cleaning up litter and debris within our City parks. Cleanup of boulevards in residential areas will be limited to areas where there is excessive accumulation of sand.
Citizens are reminded not to rake yard waste material (e.g. grass clippings, leaves) or other debris onto streets as this can plug drains and cause ponding problems as well as increase your risk of basement flooding.
“Each year City crews clean up more than 45,000 tonnes of sand and debris from streets that has accumulated over the winter months,” said Jim Berezowsky, manager of streets maintenance. “Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to stay back and stay safe from trucks and heavy equipment that will be working in the coming weeks.”
The spring cleanup operation involves over 300 pieces of equipment and approximately 500 staff, including both City and contractor personnel.
Drive safe Winnipeg!