Annual neighbourhood street sweeping will begin Monday, April 23, and residents are reminded that they play a key role in helping crews clean streets as thoroughly as possible.
This year, street sweeping will begin in west Lethbridge neighbourhoods before moving to south and then north Lethbridge neighbourhoods. The section of the city where sweeping starts rotates annually so that every year, crews begin sweeping in a different area of the city.
Every year, portions of many streets remain unswept because sweepers have to go around vehicles that have not been moved. To help street sweeping crews do a thorough clean-up, residents need to move their vehicles from streets on days they are scheduled for cleaning.
"We provide multiple notices in advance 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 be delivered to each neighbourhood approximately a week before sweepers are scheduled to arrive. The second will come the evening before sweepers arrive, when temporary NO PARKING signs will be posted in each scheduled neighbourhood and reminder cards will be placed on windshields of vehicles parked on the street.
Vehicles still parked on the street the morning after NO PARKING signs have been placed will be ticketed. When posted, temporary NO PARKING zones will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fine for parking in a temporary No Parking zone is $30, under the City's Traffic Bylaw.
In addition, night crews will be sweeping arterial roads in non-residential areas Monday to Friday between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Each spring, street sweeping crews clean thousands of tonnes of sand, dust and other debris from approximately 550 kilometres of roads in 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 the reconditioned sand is reused by mixing it into new sand for the following year's sanding operation. Residual waste material is disposed of in the landfill. For more information, visit: www.lethbridge.ca/StreetSweeping.
Lee Perkins, Transportation Operations Manager
City of Lethbridge