Street cleaning to begin in Winnipeg Tuesday

Street cleaning to begin in Winnipeg Tuesday

It's time for Winnipeg crews to dig out the brooms and scrub brushes.

Starting Tuesday, April 18, city crews will begin removing dust, sand and litter from the downtown area, major routes, bridges and overpasses.

Workers will eventually clean up the entire street network, including city back lanes, sidewalks, collector streets and particularly dirty residential boulevards.

More than 300 pieces of equipment and approximately 500 staff, including both city and contractor personnel, work on the annual cleanup, the city said.

The entire operation will take five to six weeks and cost approximately $6 million.

Jim Berezowsky, manager of Winnipeg streets maintenance, said drivers should be on the lookout for no parking signs and be cautions around street-cleaning equipment.

In other spring cleaning news, the city's curbside yard waste collection program begins April 17 in A-area neighbourhoods and on April 24 in B areas.

- Find out whether you live in area A or B 

Residents can place their yard waste, like grass clippings and leaves, in reusable containers with lids, cardboard boxes or paper yard waste bags.

For more information residents can call 311 or contact the city by email at 311@winnipeg.ca.