Annual neighbourhood street sweeping will begin Monday, April 10, and residents are reminded that they play a key role in helping crews clean streets as thoroughly as possible.
The section of the city where sweeping starts rotates annually, so that every year, crews begin sweeping in a different area of the city. This year, street sweeping will begin in North Lethbridge neighbourhoods before moving to west and then south Lethbridge neighbourhoods. Unfortunately, in previous years, portions of many streets remained unswept because sweepers had to go around dozens of vehicles that had not been moved. To help street sweeping crews do a thorough clean-up, residents need to move their vehicles off streets that are scheduled for cleaning.
"We always provide multiple notices ahead of time to let residents know when we'll be sweeping in their area and to advise that we need them to park elsewhere on the scheduled day," says Lee Perkins, Transportation Operations Manager for the City of Lethbridge.
"Residents will receive two advance notices. The first is a door hanger that will arrive about a week before sweepers come to each neighbourhood. The second will come the evening before sweepers arrive, when we'll post temporary NO PARKING signs in each scheduled neighbourhood and place reminder cards on windshields of vehicles parked on the street," he says.
Vehicles still parked on the street the morning after NO PARKING signs have been placed will be ticketed. The fine for parking in a temporary No Parking zone is $30, under the City's Traffic Bylaw.
Each spring, street sweeping crews clean thousands of tonnes of sand, dust and other debris from about 540 kilometres of roads within Lethbridge. This helps to prevent that material from being washed into the Oldman River via our storm sewer system. It also reduces dust in neighbourhoods and makes streets safer for cycling, walking and driving. Street sweeping is scheduled so that it doesn't conflict with garbage pickup.
Sand and debris picked up by street sweepers gets stored and cleaned, and reconditioned sand is reused as fill in road maintenance work. Residual waste material is disposed of in the landfill. For more information, visit: www.lethbridge.ca/StreetSweeping.
Lee Perkins, Transportation Operations Manager