Thursday, May 5, 2016

City’s Spring Clean-up program to be completed ahead of schedule

This year’s Spring Clean-up program is nearly complete, with crews expected to finish sweeping the final routes over the next few days. That puts the program nearly a full month ahead of schedule.

Normally, street sweeping runs from mid April until the first week of July. This year, crews completed significant pre-sweeping in March and officially started the program on April 3 thanks to mild spring weather. Crews also swept seven days a week, an increase from four days a week last year, which increased the pace of the program. Calgary received only a few days of light rain during Spring Clean-Up, which minimized delays and actually assisted sweeping efforts in some cases.

“With the record-breaking temperatures Calgary has experienced over the past several months, Roads Maintenance was able to start Spring Clean-up two weeks ahead of schedule,” said Roads Maintenance Manager Bill Biensch. “Combined with a reduced amount of snow and ice material place on our roadway, crews were able to reduce the time to complete the program by six weeks. I would like to thank the dedication of our sweeping crews, who adjusted to the lighter conditions to move the program ahead. Thank you to all Calgarians, who cooperated in adjusting to the advanced schedule and in removing cars and blue, black and green carts from City streets."

This year City crews picked up close to 18,000 cubic metres of winter sanding materials, dirt and other debris from Calgary’s roads. That amount of material could fill 75,000 City of Calgary black bins. Spring Clean-up improves safety and mobility for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by removing sanding materials and other debris that have accumulated on roads and along major sidewalks and boulevards. Finishing the program ahead of schedule also helps protect the environment by ensuring less material enters our storm drain system.

Now that Spring Clean-up has been completed crews will focus on summer maintenance programs including pothole repairs, boulevard maintenance, and gravel lane repair.

Although the Spring Clean-up program has finished, ongoing road maintenance and some sweeping will continue throughout summer months.

To find out more about other City of Calgary Roads Maintenance programs, visit or contact 311.

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