Heavy workload ahead for City’s street sweepers
By: Matt Durnan
| Posted: Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 11:03 am
The City’s Public Works department has their work cut out for them this spring to get Airdrie’s roads swept clean, if the snow ever lets up.
Road sweepers took the place of snow plows two weeks ago when the weather seemed to be taking a turn towards warmer temperatures. They managed to clear some main intersections but nothing more as the snow quickly returned and blanketed the City’s streets starting on March 24.
“When we had a little break of nice weather our sweepers were out clearing main intersections such as Yankee Valley Boulevard and Main Street,” said Archie Lang, the City’s manager of Public Works. “It’s mostly for motorcycles and cyclists because the gravel is a bit more hazardous to them.”
The intersections at Yankee Valley Boulevard and East Lake Boulevard, Veterans Boulevard and East Lake Boulevard, Veterans and Main Street, as well as Eighth Street and First Avenue were all cleared as well, but there is still a lot of work ahead, according to Lang.
In a seemingly endless winter, the City’s street sweepers could be working through until as late as June.
“With all of the snow we had this year and the amount of product we put down over the winter, there’s not a road in Airdrie without sand and gravel on it,” he said.
Lang said that it usually takes close to six weeks to clear every street in Airdrie of the gravel mixture put down over the winter, but with the volume of product that was put down this year, the workload could draw the process out even longer.
The exact amount of product used on Airdrie streets this winter was not available as of press time.
When the snow finally does dissipate and the street cleaners can get back to work, Lang says that it’s important for residents to adhere to notifications of when the sweepers will be in their neighbourhoods.
“We give ample amount of time with signs posted and notifications on the City’s website,” said Lang. “We ask that residents keep their cars off the road when the sweepers are coming by, otherwise we will tow your vehicle around the corner and out of the way at a cost to the resident.”