Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Warm weather means summer road maintenance starts early this year

Earlier this week, crews finished sweeping the final Spring Clean-Up routes. Between March and the beginning of May, over 15,000 lane kilometres were swept with over 18,000 cubic meters of material collected.

With Spring Clean-up now complete, Roads crews are getting to work on summer maintenance activities. These include:
  • Repairs to sidewalks, curbs and gutters, guard rails, fences, and concrete barriers
  • Repairs to roadway surfaces, such as cracks, manholes, potholes, and sinkholes
  • Inspecting, grading and repairing gravel lanes
  • Maintaining over 1,400 hectares of boulevard green space along major roadways
  • Summer sweeping – continued road cleaning where needed throughout the summer

Although summer maintenance work typically begins in mid-June, warm weather means crews will get an early start this year.

“Summer maintenance work is incredibly important,” said Roads Maintenance Manager Bill Biensch. “Once the streets have been swept, we spend the summer focusing on keeping Calgary roads safe for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. Please watch for crews and give them plenty of room to work this summer as they repair streets, sidewalks, gutters and back lanes.”

Boulevard maintenance includes monthly mowing, spraying for weeds, and pest management.  Crews also respond to concerns about long grass, dandelions and other weeds. If you see litter along a boulevard, report it to 311 so that crews can clean it up.

All gravel lanes in Calgary will be inspected, and those requiring maintenance will be graded and
repaired. Issues that crews will be looking for include severe drainage issues, low or high manholes, excavation issues, and sinkholes.

Help crews by paying attention to signs in your community. Remove vehicles, bins, and any other obstacles from the street or gravel lane when crews are working.

Visit the Roads Maintenance Page or contact 311 for more information about summer maintenance activities.

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