Spring Clean Up
Each spring, crews undertake a city-wide spring clean up operation sweeping the entire street network to remove sand and debris that has accumulated over the winter months. Sidewalks, active transportation pathways, boulevards, and medians on main routes, bus routes, and collector streets are also swept, as well as back lanes. Clean up of boulevards in residential areas is limited to areas where there is excessive accumulation of sand.
The spring clean up operation usually involves over 300 pieces of equipment and approximately 500 staff, including both City and contractor personnel, and is completed over a five to six week period generally beginning mid-April (weather dependent).
Avoid a ticket and tow:
To assist in efficient street cleaning operations, temporary "no parking" signs will be placed on some streets to restrict on-street parking during scheduled cleaning times. Signs will be placed 24-hours in advance of the posted sweeping time. When these signs are in place, motorists are encouraged to find alternate parking during the posted times to avoid being ticketed or towed. For more information on parking fines, please see: City of Winnipeg – The Parking Store.
Please note that not all streets will be signed during spring clean up. The City will only post signs on streets where parked vehicles present a problem to street cleaning.
Vehicle towed due to spring clean up?
If you believe your vehicle has been towed due to spring clean up, please contact 311 to locate it.
Use garbage and yard waste collection:
Residents are urged not to rake yard waste material or other debris onto streets as this can plug drains and cause ponding problems as well as increase the risk of basement flooding. Debris should be put out for regular garbage collection. Compostable yard waste material (e.g., grass clippings, leaves) can be placed out for yard waste collection in any reusable containers without a lid, cardboard boxes, or paper or yard waste bags.
Do your part to keep the City of Winnipeg's spring clean up operation safe and efficient:
- SLOW DOWN AND STAY BACK AND STAY SAFE FROM ALL STREET, BOULEVARD AND SIDEWALK CLEANING EQUIPMENT.
The recommended distance to stay back is a minimum of 15 metres (approximately 3 car lengths) in order to leave plenty of room for the equipment to work.
- OBEY FLAG PERSONS.
Flag persons and other workers are a part of clean-up crews. Watch out for people as well as equipment. Slow down, be cautious and be prepared to stop if needed.
- BE VISIBLE AND KEEP HEADLIGHTS ON AT ALL TIMES WHEN TRAVELLING.
Our crews and machines may be working during times of reduced visibility. Please slow down and be aware.
- BE ALERT TO CHANGING CONDITIONS.
Street cleaning equipment move at much slower speeds than other vehicles, and operators also stop frequently to assess the areas they are cleaning. Freshly cleaned streets can be wet and slippery until dry.
- BE CAUTIOUS WHEN APPROACHING STREET CLEANING EQUIPMENT FROM BEHIND.
These machines often make several passes over the same area, which requires travelling in reverse. Vehicles travelling too close are at risk of damage or collision with the machinery.
- MAKE EYE CONTACT.
If you are not sure what a piece of equipment is about to do, wait and make eye contact with the operator. The operator may finish the task, or if it's safe to do so, may stop and wave you through before continuing on with their work.
- DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WORK AREAS MARKED WITH TRAFFIC CONES.
Crews and machinery may have to make several passes to clean a roadway, sidewalk, or boulevard. Coned off areas help to ensure that clean-up crews can work safely and efficiently.