A major spring clean-up operation begins in Winnipeg

No more snow plows, finally, here are the sweepers.

Winnipeg has emerged from one of the snowiest seasons in its history, which means more than 100,000 tonnes of sand, spread across the city for traction, now needs to be cleaned up, along with all the other winter trash.

Crews deployed Sunday to begin a variety of annual spring operations that will take five to six weeks – clearing Winnipeg’s entire road network, including bridges, sidewalks and active transportation routes.

It’s a major operation, with some 500 workers using more than 300 pieces of equipment, according to a city press release.

When a residential street needs to be swept, residents are urged to find an alternate place to park, such as a driveway or off-street parking, to avoid having a $150 ticket and the vehicle towed away.

Cleaning schedules will be posted on the city’s Know Your Zone app and website.

A cleanup of boulevards and medians will begin on May 8, when crews will also go to city parks to pick up litter and debris.

Garden waste collection

This year’s curbside yard waste collection program will begin the week of May 9 for homes in Yard Waste Collection Zone A and the week of May 16 for homes in Waste Collection Zone garden b.

Yard waste is picked up at the curb once every two weeks, on the same collection day as recycling and garbage, until November.

You can find your yard waste collection days by checking the city’s website or by calling 311. There are also drop-off sites for yard waste at Brady, Pacific, or Panet 4R depots.

Yard waste includes outdoor organic matter, such as grass clippings, leaves, plants, flowers, clippings from bushes and shrubs and small bundles tied up with branches not exceeding one meter and not weighing more than 22 kilograms.

Yard waste collection will be on the same day as garbage and recycling collection, every two weeks. (City of Winnipeg)

Materials must be deposited in paper garden waste bags, cardboard boxes or reusable containers without lids (plastic bins, old blue boxes, old metal or plastic garbage containers). The materials will be dumped in the collection truck and the reusable containers returned.

Plastic bags are not accepted.

People are urged not to collect garden waste from the street as this can clog drains and increase the risk of basement flooding.

Pothole repair

The city says it is also in full pothole repair mode, which began in early April.

So far, the city’s 311 service has received 4,004 pothole-related requests and crews have handled more than 46,000 potholes.

Emphasis was placed on primary routes (Priority 1) and bus routes and collector streets (Priority 2) as needed and weather permitting.

A car splashes through muddy water filling a pothole on Goulet Street in Winnipeg in April. (Trevor Lyons/Radio Canada)

However, very large or deep potholes that pose an imminent safety concern receive immediate attention, the city said in a news release.

The pothole repairs carried out by the crews at this time of year are temporary fixes using an asphalt mix, called cold mix, specially designed for use in cold and wet weather. .

Due to unfavorable rainy weather and wet road conditions, crews may have had to return multiple times to fix the same pothole.

From Monday, dedicated crews are expected to carry out more permanent repairs with hot asphalt across the city.

Again, they will focus their efforts on Priority 1 and Priority 2 streets.

The number of potholes on city streets is proportional to the condition of wet roads and the extent of the freeze-thaw cycle each spring – with more expected to develop in the days to come, the city said.