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2004 News Releases

Spring cleanup commences

WINNIPEG - April 15, 2004 - The city’s annual spring cleanup of streets, walks and boulevards is scheduled to begin Sunday night, April 18.

Crews will initially focus on the Downtown Square (bounded by Broadway/ Ellice /Memorial and Main Street from Higgins to Assiniboine) followed by concentrated efforts on the balance of the regional street system.

Boulevard cleaning will begin on April 25, or earlier if weather is favourable, keying first on boulevards along major routes.

Most sweeping on the regional streets will take place at night, when traffic volumes are lowest. Daytime sweeping will focus primarily on collector and residential streets. Once the regional streets are completed crews will work day and night on the balance of residential streets. Cleanup of boulevards in residential areas is limited to areas where there is excessive accumulation of sand.

Patti Regan, Acting Director of Public Works, says cleanup crews must watch the weather closely in the early weeks of the campaign and stop operations if night time temperatures fall below freezing.

Regan says to control dust during the cleanup, water is sprayed onto the streets. “When temperatures fall below freezing we obviously can’t use water and are forced to curtail sweeping. Similarly frozen boulevards can’t effectively be cleaned.”

Regan estimates approximately 65,000 tonnes of aggregate (from winter ice control) will be removed from streets, walks, and boulevards during the cleanup.

Regan urges motorists and pedestrians to exercise extra caution near sweeping equipment. The cleanup and is expected to take four to five weeks at an estimated cost of $2.6 million.

The operation will involve approximately 200 pieces of equipment and more than 500 people.

Motorists are reminded to watch for temporary No Parking signs on city streets. These signs, placed well in advance of sweeping operations, indicate the hours of prohibited parking. Vehicles parked in violation of the prohibited times may be ticketed and towed at the owners expense.

Last update: 20.04.2004

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