Street Sweeping Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. How will I know when my neighborhood is going to be swept?
  2. What time are the sweepers out?
  3. Do I have to move my vehicle off the street for street sweeping?
  4. What will happen if I do not move my vehicle?
  5. What about gravel and sand on my sidewalk or boulevard?
  6. Why do “I” have to sweep the gravel off my sidewalk or boulevard?
  7. What if I have front garbage pickup?
  8. An area in front of my home wasn’t swept; will you come back and clean it?
  9. Will street sweeping continue if it rains or snows?

1. How will I know when my neighborhood is going to be swept?
Municipal Works divides the City into 17 zones.

The sweepers start in zone 1 and finish in zone 17. Each year the zones are rotated so all neighborhoods have the opportunity to be swept first.

It takes approximately two days to complete a zone, weather dependent.

‘No Parking’ signs will be placed on street corners a minimum of 12 hours prior to sweeping.

Information on completed and in-progress zones will be updated on the City’s website, as well as the City’s social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

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2. What time are the sweepers out?

Street sweepers commence operations at 5 AM.

Residential areas are swept between 7:30 AM and 8:30 PM.

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3. Do I have to move my vehicle off the street?
Yes, when 'No Parking' aigns are in place, vehicles must be moved as per Public Roads Bylaw 4346, Section 33.

By removing your vehicle from the roadway, you are allowing crews to do their job safely and effectively.

Where possible, streets and avenues will be signed 'No Parking' at different times to accomodate parking needs.

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4. What will happen if I do not move my vehicle?
Street sweepers will sweep around parked vehicles and missed location will be recorded. Municipal Works will attempt to revist the area at the end of the sweeping schedule, but there is no guarantee that crews will be able to return at a later date.

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5. What about gravel and sand on my sidewalk or boulevard?
If sand and gravel was deposited on your sidewalk or boulevard during snow clearance and sanding operations, you may sweep it on to the road prior to the street sweeping.

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6. Why do “I” have to sweep the gravel off my sidewalk or boulevard?
Under Bylaw Public Roads Bylaw 4346, the adjacent property owner is responsible for maintaining the boulevard/sidewalk free and clear of debris.

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7. What if I have front garbage pickup?
Street sweeping will not interupt your regular garbage pick up.  However, after pick up please remove your garbage bin from the street in a timely manner so we can sweep the street.

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8. An area in front of my home was not swept. Will you come back and clean it?
Municipal Works will note the location and will attempt to revisit the area at the end of the street sweeping program, but there is no guarantee crews will be able to return at a later date.

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9. Will street sweeping continue if it rains or snows?
It is difficult for sweepers to operate effectively after rain or snowfall. Sweeping may be delayed, but Municipal Works will complete the street sweeping schedule once conditions return to normal.

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