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Dust Settles After Another Season of Street Sweeping

Annual neighbourhood street sweeping has wrapped up for the year.

Over the next few weeks, residents may occasionally see street sweepers out responding to service requests, but they will be doing so without the need for temporary parking bans. As a result, there will be no need for residents to move vehicles, as there was during the recently completed sweeping program.

City of Lethbridge Transportation staff wish to thank all residents who made annual neighbourhood street sweeping more efficient and thorough this year by heeding advance notices and signage and moving their vehicles off the street before sweepers arrived. Neighbourhood street sweeping began April 10 and was completed on June 22. This year, ticketing was introduced for vehicles still parked on the street the morning after temporary NO PARKING signs were posted. In total, 1,659 tickets were issued for unmoved vehicles.

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: 

Media Contact:
Lee Perkins, Transportation Operations Manager