Annual neighbourhood street sweeping will begin Wednesday, April 24, (weather depending) 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 north Lethbridge neighbourhoods before moving to the south and then west Lethbridge neighbourhoods. The section of the city where sweeping starts rotates annually so that crews begin sweeping in a different area of the city every year.
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.
Temporary NO PARKING signs are posted in a specific neighbourhood the day before street sweepers arrive. Once a sign is placed, the temporary NO PARKING zone will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the following day. After crews have completed sweeping in a neighbourhood, tickets will be issued to vehicles that were not moved. Street sweeping signs are moved shortly after sweepers leave a specific area so NO PARKING signs may no longer be visible after tickets are handed out.
The fine for parking in a temporary No Parking zone is $30 under the City's Traffic Bylaw.
In addition to temporary NO PARKING signs, two notices are given in advance to let residents know when crews will be in their area and to advise that residents need to park elsewhere on the scheduled sweeping day.
- Door hangers are delivered to each neighbourhood approximately one week before sweepers are scheduled to arrive.
- Reminder cards will be placed on windshields of vehicles parked on the street the day before sweepers arrive.
Residents are encouraged to visit the City's website or social media channels regularly to see which residential areas have been cleaned by sweepers.
In addition, night crews will continue to sweep 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, dirt 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 or call 311.
Adam Campbell, Transportation Operations
City of Lethbridge