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

The City uses both mechanical and regenerative air sweepers to clean streets. 

Street sweeping takes place from April to early November on both a scheduled and as needed basis.  After the initial spring sweeping is completed crews perform routine street sweeping to remove debris from streets and curb lines. Cycle lane sweeping is a priority in the spring and is also scheduled throughout the year. 

Crews will respond (24/7) to reports of sand, gravel, broken glass and other debris as required.


Spring street sweeping

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

The spring cleanup is the heaviest and most time consuming, due to the accumulation of debris and winter sand through the fall, winter and spring. 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 together.

The City approaches street sweeping as follows:

  • Dedicated cycling lanes and main streets are addressed first because the potential for dust on these streets is the greatest due to higher traffic volumes followed by transit routes and collector streets.
  • Once the main streets and collectors are complete, the program moves to residential streets. These residential streets typically have curb and gutter, where the winter sand collects. See the schedule below.
  • Sweeping then moves on to rural roads in areas where there are curb and gutter. 

The City appreciates your patience, during our spring street sweeping program. 


 

2019 Spring Residential Street Sweeping Schedule

May 30 update: Night street-sweeping crews are finishing Section 6 and moving in to Section 7. Day crews are working through Section 6. Afternoon crews are three-quarters of the way through Section 6. Find your street sweeping area in the spring street sweeping schedule map.
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.

Kingston East, North of Barrett Court (curbed area)

 

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

Princess St. to Taylor Kidd Blvd., 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 John Counter Blvd. (also Railway St), Little Cat Creek to Cataraqui River

 

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

Princess St. to Waterfront. Collins Bay Rd. to west boundary

3

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

Canadian Forces Base

 

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.

4

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

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

5

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

Johnson St. to Waterfront, Little Cat Creek to Sir John A.

 

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)

6

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.

7

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.