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Street Cleaning Force Hits the Road

April 27, 2011

Parks and Roadway Maintenance Team Up to Clean Up

The cleanup of sand and grit from Edmonton streets and boulevards has begun.

With winter determined to keep its hold on Edmonton, crews from both Parks and Roadway Maintenance were forced to delay street cleaning to deal with additional spring snowfall. 

“Boulevard sweeping is the first step in this coordinated effort to clean Edmonton’s streets,” says Dwayne Edge, Director of Parks Operations – East. “For safety purposes, crews are reminding motorists to be mindful of any cleaning equipment and signage as we tackle boulevards and roadways across the city.”

“Between snowfalls, we were able to get some sweeping done on major roads and off of concrete medians,” says Bob Dunford, Director of Roadway Maintenance, Transportation Department. “Now that the snow and ice is mainly gone from gutters and boulevards, we have launched a full-scale street cleaning campaign.”

Throughout the next four to six weeks, Parks Branch crews will sweep more than 1,400 curb km of boulevards citywide. Clean up of Edmonton’s 4,700 km of roads, including major roads, residential streets, alleyways, medians and boulevards takes approximately nine weeks for crews to complete. 

Citizens are asked to remove litter and debris from boulevards next to their residential or commercial properties prior to street sweepers visiting their area. Edmontonians are reminded to watch for signs that indicate street cleaning crews will be coming to their neighbourhoods and to remove their vehicles from curbside wherever possible.
 
A complete street sweeping schedule is available online.

Always seeking innovative and cost effective methods, the City of Edmonton recovers 70 per cent of the abrasives it lays down during the snow season, and any material picked up during the spring cleaning campaign goes through a cleaning and separating process.  Eighty-eight per cent of the material that is retrieved is used for future winter road maintenance. 

Edmonton’s sand recycling program saves taxpayers approximately $5 million in reduced truck travel, sand purchasing and landfill reduction and means 1,000 fewer tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

For more information:

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In Edmonton: 311

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