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Calgary – Spring is finally here, and that means The City’s annual Street Sweeping program is kicking off.

Street sweeping gives City crews the opportunity to remove sanding materials and other debris that has accumulated on streets, sidewalks and boulevards from winter operations. Removing this material helps make the roads safer, protect the environment and keeps Calgary looking beautiful.

“The unprecedented duration of this year’s winter means it is vital for crews to sweep neighbourhoods in a timely fashion,” says Bill Biensch, Maintenance Manager at Roads. “We ask that citizens keep an eye out for our new street sweeping signs, which will indicate when our crews are coming, and when cars must be moved off the roadway. Failure to move your vehicle will result in a ticket.”

Citizens whose street sweeping occurs on garbage collection days are reminded to leave their bins on their property’s adjacent boulevard or on the sidewalk. This will allow both the garbage to be picked up and the streets to be swept.

Residential street sweeping this year will run 7 days a week which means many areas will be swept on the weekend. Please ensure vehicles are moved before 7 am and that visitors to your home are also aware of the parking restrictions.

Calgary Parking Authority reminds Calgarians to move their vehicles or face the consequences.

Vehicles that have not been moved from an road with a parking ban in place are subject to a ticket and tow, to a nearby street if space is available, or to The City of Calgary’s Impound Lot.

The Calgary Parking Authority is using a combination of enforcement officers and photo enforcement during street sweeping this year, so tickets will be placed on the vehicle’s windshield or mailed to the registered owner. The ticket fine amount associated with street sweeping is $120; however, if paid within 10 days it is reduced to $80, or is $90 if paid within 30 days.

“The Calgary Parking Authority supports this important work by providing enforcement services. We appreciate Calgarian’s cooperation in removing their vehicles so that our streets can be cleaned as effectively as possible” says Joan Hay, Calgary Parking Authority’s Manager of Enforcement.

How can I find out when my street is being swept?

Citizens are encouraged to stay informed on when street sweeping in happening by visiting Calgary.ca/sweep. There they will find an address look-up and can sing-up for text alerts.

As the weather in Calgary is often unpredictable and our street sweeping operations can be impacted by rain and snow, The City reminds Calgarians to keep checking the website regularly, as the schedule will be updated daily. A live map is available at https://maps.calgary.ca/streetsweeping/

Please note: Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail are maintained by the Province. However, The City will provide information about road closures for this work on Calgary.ca and on the @yyctransport Twitter account.

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