Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Clean-up of Calgary roads starts today

Spring cleaning of Calgary’s streets officially starts today—one week earlier than expected.

Normally spring clean-up begins in mid or late-April, but thanks to warmer than average temperatures this winter, crews were able to get pre-sweeping done quickly.

“This means we can now move into those residential areas that were scheduled for sweeping next week,” says Sean Somers with The City’s Transportation Department. "This is welcomed news to all Calgarians as spring clean-up makes our roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.”

Beginning today and taking just over two months, spring clean-up will improve safety and mobility in Calgary by removing sanding materials and other debris that have accumulated on roads and along major sidewalks and boulevards this past winter.

The accumulation of material expected to be picked up during spring clean-up this year would cover the playing field in McMahon Stadium with a pile of debris just shy of four metres deep!

Priority during pre-sweeping this year was given to all marked and on-street bike lanes, and to high traffic-volume roads where parking ban compliance has been low in years past.

Keeping Calgary clean is a collaborative effort. Calgarians can help make the city a beautiful place by doing their part:
  • Don’t litter 
  • Remove vehicles or carts from the street when sweeping is scheduled
To find out when sweeping is scheduled for your community, watch for signs in your area, visit www.calgary.ca/sweep or call 3-1-1.

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