Street sweeping underway

  • Apr. 10, 2013 2:55 p.m.

Red Deerians can expect to see cleaner streets as City crews start street sweeping this week. The median sweeping crew will work during the evenings from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m, weather permitting.

In order to maximize efficiencies, street sweeping operations this year may not follow the same set routine as in the past. There will be some partial residential sweeping going on the same time as arterial and collector sweeping. This schedule will make best use of equipment productivity during arterial and collector sweeping. Full residential sweeping will still occur at the end of the sweeping operation.

“During spring, City crews need to get out and clean the streets from the sand and debris that has collected over winter,” said Jim Chase, roads superintendent. “We encourage motorists to keep safety in mind as they travel roads where there is street sweeping equipment.”

Drivers are reminded to take precautions around street sweeping equipment. The City recommends motorists leave at least three car lengths between their vehicle and a street sweeper.

Keeping a safe distance can also prevent damage to vehicles from debris that might come from the street sweeper during the cleaning process.

When necessary, street signs indicating that crews will be arriving are placed in neighbourhoods a minimum of 12 hours in advance. Residents are also asked not to park on the street when the signs are present. The City encourages residents to remove litter and debris from boulevards attached to their residential or commercial properties. Spring cleaning for main arterial roads will start April 14.

Further notice will be provided on scheduled street cleaning in subdivisions. On average, it takes the City 40 days to sweep all City roadways.