Winnipeg’s streets and sidewalks are getting a $6-million scrubbing.
City crews have started the annual spring cleaning operation, which will see the entire street network, including back lanes, get swept over the next five to six weeks.
“Our crews will be busy cleaning up sand and debris from more than 7,000 lane kilometres of streets, 1,600 lane kilometres of walkways and over 50 bridges and medians,” said Jim Berezowsky, Winnipeg’s manager of streets maintenance.
The downtown, major routes, bridges and overpasses will get done first before the focus switches over to residential areas.
Sidewalks, active transportation pathways, boulevards and medians will also be swept on main routes, bus routes and collector streets. As well, crews will clean up litter and debris in city parks.
Cleaning of boulevards in residential areas will be limited only to areas where there is an excessive amount of sand.
The clean-up operation involves more than 300 pieces of equipment and about 500 staff, including both city and contractor personnel
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