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The City has four street sweepers in its fleet and is charged with the responsibility of cleaning and maintaining approximately 1,800 lane kilometres of urban and suburban streets.

The street sweepers clean the streets by mechanical or regenerative air vacuum means and collect it in on board hoppers. When the hoppers are full, the sweepers will travel to transfer sites or will empty the full hopper directly into tandem dump trucks, for more efficient haulage.


Spring street sweeping

City staff will work three shifts per day (24 hours per day) until all streets have been swept. The main roads are done first. After that it takes approximately eight weeks to complete the residential street schedule below.

The spring time cleanup is the heaviest and most time consuming, due to the accumulation through the fall, winter and spring, of debris and winter sand. Where possible, median islands and adjacent sidewalks will be swept before the street sweepers make their pass. Often, more than one pass is required to sufficiently clean the street, and that's why you typically will see two sweepers working in tandem.

The spring cleanup sweeping operation, typically includes a flusher truck that loosens and dampens the accumulated debris, to enhance the sweeping and reduce dust, followed by one, two or sometimes three sweepers, and attendant tandems to haul away the sweepings.

The City approaches spring cleanup street sweeping as follows:

  • High volume and high speed arterial streets are addressed first, as the potential for dust on these streets is the greatest and typically these arterials also have designated cycle lanes, followed by transit routes and collector streets again because of the traffic volumes, the high potential for dust and also as these collectors streets often have designated cycle lanes.
  • Once the arterials and collectors have been addressed, the program moves to the urban/suburban residential phase. These residential streets typically have curb and gutter, where the winter sand collects, and have high density adjacent residential land use. Where the arterial & collector phase addressed high dust potential, the Residential Phase addresses and accommodates the high adjacent residential population.
    As the schedule below shows, the work is divided into day, afternoon and night shifts. Each shift is divided into further sections, each of which represent what is expected to take a week to complete. Typically this phase is expected to take seven weeks, but with the heavy residual winter sand load being experienced, this phase may take longer this year.
  • The rural phase, is the last of the spring cleanup operations. There is minimal or no curb and gutter on these rural sections, and the winter sand residual tends to be blown to the gravel shoulders with traffic. In the rural area, with no curb and gutter, the potential for dust is significantly less and has a shorter duration. Also, population density is significantly less. The rural phase starts with intersections and those village areas where there is curb and gutter. rural residential areas are then addressed on an as needed basis, determine by visual inspection. Typically, rural arterials and collectors will clear early due to traffic and spring rains.

The City appreciates your patience, during our spring cleanup sweeping operations.


 

Spring residential street sweeping schedule

Section

 

Shift

 

Area

 

1

Midnight
11 p.m. - 7 a.m.

Division St. to Ontario St., Queen St. to Barrie St.

 

Day
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

401 to Taylor Kidd Blvd., Gardiners Rd to Little Cat Creek.

 

Afternoon
3 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Taylor Kidd Blvd. to Bath Rd., Collins Bay Rd. to Bayridge Dr.

2

Midnight
11 p.m. - 7 a.m.

Division St. to Waterfront., Railway St to Queen St.

 

Day
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

401 to Princess St., West limits to Gardiners Rd.

 

Afternoon
3 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Bath Rd. to Henderson Blvd., Collins Bay to Days Rd.

3

Midnight
11 p.m. - 7 a.m.

Johnson St to Waterfront., Sir John A, to Barrie St.

 

Day
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Taylor Kidd Blvd. to Bath Rd., Gardiners Rd to Little Cat Creek.

 

Afternoon
3 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Henderson Blvd. to Waterfront., to Days Rd (Sunny Acres).

4

Midnight
11 p.m. - 7 a.m.

Concession St. to Johnson St., Sir John A to Division St.

 

Day
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sir John A to Little Cat Creek., John Counter Blvd to Bath Rd.

 

Afternoon
3 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Bath Rd. to Taylor Kidd Blvd., Bayridge Dr to Gardiners Rd.

5

Midnight
11 p.m. - 7 a.m.

Bath Rd to Johnson St., Little Cat Creek to Sir John A.,

 

Day
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sir John A to Division St., John Counter Blvd to Concession St.

 

Afternoon
3 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Princess St. to Taylor Kidd Blvd., Bayridge Dr to Gardiners Rd.

6

Midnight
11 p.m. - 7 a.m.

CFB

 

Day
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Kingston East, Burnett St. North curbed area.

 

Afternoon
3 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Princess St. to Taylor Kidd Blvd., Collins Bay Rd to Bayridge Dr.

7

Midnight
11 p.m. - 7 a.m.

Johnson St. to Water Front., Little Cataraqui Creek to Sir John A.

 

Day
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

401 to John Counter Blvd,. (Also Railway) , Little Cat Creek to Cat River.

 

Afternoon
3 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Princess St. to Water Front., Collins Bay Rd. to West boundary