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Street Sweeping

Street Sweeping

 

Fall

The ten-day fall street sweeping occurs in select neighbourhoods to reduce the potential for spring flooding, beginning Monday, October 17, 2016.
 

 What you can expect from us

  • Street sweeping is scheduled for Buena Vista, Caswell Hill, City Park, Holiday Park, King George, North Park, Nutana, Riversdale,Varsity View and Westmount.
    • Sweeping will not occur within posted School Zones.
  • Bright yellow ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted 36-48 hours in advance of sweeping. Vehicles remaining on a scheduled street at 7 a.m. may be ticketed and relocated to a nearby street.
  • Street Sweeping Service Alerts will be issued if there is a change to the schedule. 
  • It is against the City Bylaw to push sidewalk, boulevard and yard leaves onto the street. City Bylaw Inspectors will investigate complaints and violators may receive a warning or a fine.

 What can you do to help?

  • Remove your vehicle by 7 a.m. on the posted sweeping day to avoid a ticket and/or relocation to a nearby street. Check Find My Vehicle! if your vehicle is moved.
  • Place leaves and debris in your Green Cart (for subscribers) or take them to one the City’s free Compost Depots, which are open until November 13.
    If you place them in your Black Garbage Cart, please put them in a plastic bag and tie it up.
  • Report locations where residents have illegally pushed excessive leaves onto the street to the Bylaw Inspector at 306-975-3193.
Scheduled Neighbourhoods (Alphabetical Listing)
  • Buena Vista (Avenues Only) - Friday, October 21, 2016
  • Buena Vista (Streets Only) - Thursday, October 27, 2016
  • Caswell Hill (Avenues Only) - Thursday, October 20, 2016
  • Caswell Hill (Streets Only) - Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • City Park (4th Avenue Only) - Friday, October 28, 2016
  • City Park (Odd Avenues Only) - Thursday, October 20, 2016
  • City Park (Streets Only) - Monday, October 24, 2016
  • Holiday Park (Avenues Only) - Thursday, October 27, 2016
  • Holiday Park (Streets Only) - Friday, October 28, 2016
  • King George (Avenues Only) - Wednesday, October 19, 2016
  • King George (Streets Blitz Only) -  Saturday, October 29, 2016
  • North Park (Avenues Only) - Friday, October 21, 2016
  • North Park (Streets Only) - Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  • Nutana (Avenues Only) - Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  • Nutana (Even Streets Only) - Monday, October 24, 2016
  • Nutana (Odd Streets Only) - Friday, October 28, 2016
  • Riversdale (Avenues Only) - Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  • Riversdale (Streets Only) - Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • Varsity View (Avenues Only) - Wednesday, October 19, 2016
  • Varsity View (Streets Only) - Monday, October 17, 2016
  • Westmount (Avenues Only) - Monday, October 17,2016
  • Westmount (Streets Only) - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Frequently Asked Question - Fall Sweeping

How do I contact the City with questions about street sweeping?

For information about the City’s street sweeping programs, email us or call the 24-Hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476. 

How are neighbourhoods selected for street sweeping in the fall?

While every neighbourhood is swept in the spring, fall sweeping occurs only in neighbourhoods with the highest risk for heavy leaves and debris that collect and cause drainage issues in the spring. 

How will I be notified of my street sweeping date?

Bright yellow ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted in neighbourhoods 36-48 hours in advance of sweeping. Refer to the Fall Street Sweeping schedule on this page for a full schedule.

What could cause a street to be missed by street sweepers?

  • Streets and Avenues are scheduled for different days in most neighbourhoods.
  • Street sweepers will not sweep within a posted School Zone for the safety of students.
  • Sweepers may skip a street if excessive leaves begin to delay the schedule.    
  • Street sweeping may have a delayed start time or end early if the temperature is below minus five degrees Celsius. 
  • Sweeping may be canceled if the daytime temperature remains below zero, and if there is heavy rain or snow. Street Sweeping Service Alerts will be issued if there is a change to the schedule and signs will be removed to indicate street sweepers will not return on that date.
  • If you feel your street was missed by accident, please call the 24-Hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476. 

My vehicle was towed for street sweeping.  Where is it?

Vehicles remaining on a street posted for street sweeping may be ticketed and relocated to a nearby street. If your vehicle is moved, visit Find My Vehicle! for its location or call our 24-Hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476.

Who can I contact if I see someone vandalizing or taking a No Parking sign?  Or if I find a sign?

Please call Saskatoon Police Services at 306-975-8300 to report vandalism or theft of City signs.  If you find an abandoned sign , please email us or call 306-975-2476.

Our staff wear City of Saskatoon high-visibility vests when they update dates and reposition signs.

Street sweeping is scheduled for the same day as my Black Garbage, Blue Recycling or Green Cart collection.  Can I still put my cart on the street for collection?

If you are a Green Cart subscriber, your collection day may occur on your neighbourhood sweeping day. Please place your cart on the street as instructed and City staff will move it out of the way for sweeping and return it for collection.  The schedule is designed to work around the black garbage and blue recycling cart collection, which are city-wide programs.

Will the City be cleaning leaves and debris off sidewalks?

The City cleans sidewalks on major roadways, and asks that you remove leaves and debris from your sidewalks and driveways. Please do not push leaves from your sidewalk, boulevard and yard onto the street. City Bylaws prohibit doing so and violators may receive a warning or a fine.

How do I dispute a parking ticket?

The City has a formal process to request a review of parking tickets.  You may speak to a customer service representative at 306-975-2400 or on the main floor of City Hall at 222 Third Avenue South.  Please provide them with as much detail as you can and they will help you complete the correct form.

Fall Street Sweeping Facts

  • Ten neighbourhoods and 1,671,926 m2 of roadway will be swept this fall.
  • The Storm Water Utility funds the $300,000 program to reduce the leaves and debris that impede drainage and cause flooding around catch basins in the spring.
  • Six street sweepers are dedicated to fall sweeping Monday to Friday, with back-up sweepers available as required.  Each sweeping crew includes a supervisor, signage staff, parking enforcement, two tow trucks, a water truck, and two tri-axles trucks to haul away the debris collected by the sweepers.

Spring

High-Traffic Street Sweeping Blitz

Once the snow melts in the spring, usually mid-April, we begin a spring sweeping blitz on higher-traffic roads, such as Circle Drive, Idylwyld Drive, 22nd Street, 8th Street and College Drive. This is designed as a quick pass through to remove the heavier dirt and debris that gathers over the winter. After the blitz, a residential sweeping program occurs.  Circle Drive expressways, overpasses, and on/off ramps are swept over three weeks in May and June. 
 

City Wide Neighbourhood Street Sweeping (curb-to-curb)

Once the spring sweeping blitz on high-traffic streets is completed, sweeping occurs by neighbourhood on residential and arterial streets. High visibility, yellow No Parking signs are posted throughout the neighbourhood to notify residents and visitors of the sweeping date. If crews get a chance, they may do some pre-sweeping on streets with heavy debris ahead of the scheduled sweeping day - no ticketing or relocation of vehicles - and sweepers will return on the scheduled day. 

Get notified of delays or rescheduled street sweeping with Street Sweeping Service Alerts and @YXEServiceAlert on Twitter; and watch for date changes on the yellow signs.
City Wide Neighbourhood Schedule

Street Sweeping Interactive Map

Neighbourhood curb-to-curb street sweeping is complete for 2016.

COMPLETED Neighbourhoods
  • Adelaide/Churchill
  • Arbor Creek
  • Avalon
  • Blairmore S.C.
  • Brevoort Park
  • Briarwood 
  • Buena Vista
  • Caswell Hill 
  • City Park
  • College Park
  • Confederation Park 
  • Confederation S.C.
  • Dundonald 
  • Eastview
  • Erindale 
  • Evergreen
  • Exhibition
  • Fairhaven 
  • Forest Grove
  • Greystone Heights
  • Grosvenor Park
  • Hampton Village
  • Haultain
  • Holiday Park 
  • Holliston
  • Hudson Bay Park 
  • Kelsey-Woodlawn
  • King George
  • Lakeridge
  • Lakeview
  • Lakewood S.C
  • Lawson Heights S.C.
  • Lawson Heights
  • Massey Place 
  • Mayfair
  • Meadowgreen 
  • Montgomery
  • Mount Royal
  • North Park 
  • Nutana 
  • Nutana Park
  • Nutana S.C.
  • Pacific Heights
  • Parkridge 
  • Pleasant Hill 
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Richmond Heights
  • River Heights
  • Riversdale 
  • Rosewood
  • Silverspring 
  • Silverwood Heights
  • Stonebridge
  • Sutherland
  • University Heights S.C. 
  • Varsity View
  • Westmount 
  • Westview 
  • Wildwood
  • Willowgrove 
  • Willows

Developing Neighbourhoods

Spring street sweeping is completed for 2016.

School Zones

School zones are swept at night, beginning at 8 p.m. during the city-wide neighbourhood street sweeping. Yellow and Black No Parking signs are posted 36-48 hours in advance of sweeping and vehicles remaining on a scheduled street at 8 p.m. may be ticketed and relocated to a nearby street.

COMPLETED

 

Business Improvement Districts 

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) receive a full curb-to-curb sweep in the spring with posted with high visibility No Parking signs in advance of evening street sweeping to notify residents. Vehicles remaining on a scheduled street at 8 PM will receive a $100 ticket and be relocated to a nearby street.

During spring and summer, major streets in all four BIDs are swept at night during the first week of the month.

  • Central Business District (Downtown)
  • Riversdale Business Improvement District
  • Sutherland Business Improvement District
  • Broadway Business Improvement District
  • 33rd Street Business Improvement District

Industrial Areas

All streets in the industrial neighbourhoods are swept at the beginning of spring at night. Ticketing and relocating does not occur due to the complexity of towing larger industrial vehicles. Through spring and summer, street sweeping occurs along priority 1 & 2 streets city-wide.

Frequently Asked Questions – Spring Sweeping

How will I be notified of my street sweeping date?

Bright yellow ‘No Parking’ sandwich boards will be placed within the neighbourhood a minimum of 36 hours in advance of scheduled sweeping. Residents WILL NOT receive a door hanger.

What happens if street sweeping is scheduled for the same day as collection for the Leaves and Grass green cart? Do I still leave my cart on the street?

The city-wide street sweeping schedule was designed around front-street collection of garbage and recycling. There are two conflicts with the Green Cart program: Avalon Streets on May 21 and Mount Royal Avenues on June 2. In these two instances, place your cart on the street as scheduled and City crews will move them as required to accommodate collection and sweeping.

Why are only some streets being swept in a neighbourhood? What is a Spring Sweeping Blitz? Why aren’t you posting signs and towing vehicles on my street before sweeping?

In mid-April, once the streets and medians are dry, the City swept the medians and curbs along high-traffic streets, going around parked vehicles. The Spring Sweeping Blitz is a pre-sweep, intended to be a quick pass through to pick up the bulk of the sand and debris in advance of the City-wide street sweeping program where streets are swept by neighbourhood, beginning in May.

For the full neighbourhood program, City-wide Street Sweeping, beginning in May, Bright yellow ‘No Parking’ sandwich boards will be placed within the neighbourhood a minimum of 36 hours in advance of scheduled sweeping. Vehicles parked on a scheduled street in violation of the time posted on the sign will be ticketed and relocated to a nearby street.

For the safety of students, all School Zones will be scheduled separately and swept in the evening, beginning at 8:00 p.m. School Zone sweeping begins May 20 and includes the portion between the permanent 30 KM/H School Zone signs. These areas are identified on our street sweeping interactive map.

Street Sweepers were sweeping in my neighbourhood this afternoon and went around our parked vehicles. Our neighbourhood was not scheduled for today. Will they be back?

Yes, all residential streets will be swept curb-to-curb using No Parking signs, ticketing and towing! Pre-sweeping along high-traffic streets occurs once the snow melts to pick up the heavy debris on the roads from winter. Bright yellow No Parking signs will be posted in each neighbourhood to notify residents and visitors of the scheduled sweeping in advance. When possible, the sweepers will do some pre-sweeping in a larger neighbourhood once completed a scheduled neighbourhood nearby. This makes those streets easier and quicker to clean later on, which is especially helpful in a larger neighbourhood that can take longer. Watch for Street Sweeping service alerts when pre-sweeping occurs in an unscheduled neighbourhood. Vehicles parked on the street will not be ticketed or relocated during an un-scheduled/posted pre-sweep.

How does the City schedule neighbourhood street sweeping? Is there a system in place?

Yes, there is system that determines the order in which neighbourhoods are swept. When planning street sweeping, neighbourhoods are divided into three groups of roughly equal size. The size of the groups are determined by what can be swept in two weeks, so that all the neighbourhood street sweeping can be completed within six weeks. Each year the order in which the groups are swept rotates, in order to provide balanced coverage year-to-year.

Occasionally the schedule is adjusted to ensure minimum disruptions to other essential services, such as garbage collection. Sometimes events outside our control, like bad weather, prevent sweeping, in which case the affected neighbourhoods will be rescheduled.

Larger neighbourhoods are split over two to three days so as to minimize disruptions to residents and to make sure that gravel from the portion not yet swept isn't tracked onto the freshly cleaned streets.

What happens if a neighbourhood is not completed on the scheduled date? Will sweepers be back to finish my street and others that were missed in the neighbourhood?

If a neighbourhood is not completed as scheduled, a Street Sweeping service alert will be issued advising of a rescheduled date or how to find more information. Residents are encouraged to check the online schedule often and pay attention to the day of the week on the “No Parking” signs placed on the street. Scheduled neighbourhoods may be shifted to accommodate rescheduling of other neighbourhoods cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen circumstance.

It’s raining today, will sweeping occur as scheduled?

Street sweeping is not effective in heavy rain because of the mud and tracking of material. However, sweeping can continue with light rain or even snow, if sun and an above zero temperature are forecasted for the day. If a neighbourhood is not completed as scheduled, or cancelled, a Street Sweeping service alert will be issued advising of a rescheduled date or how to find more information. Residents are encouraged to check the online schedule often and pay attention to the day of the week on the “No Parking” signs placed on the street. Scheduled neighbourhoods may be shifted to accommodate rescheduling of other neighbourhoods cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen circumstance.

I have no driveway or back lane, where should I park my vehicle while my street is being cleaned?

We recognize the inconvenience this may cause. To provide some alternative parking spaces, the neighbourhoods in a grid format will be swept in two phases, i.e., Avenues one day and Streets another day. In other neighbourhoods residents may have to park vehicles outside of the scheduled area for the day. Once the street is cleaned, the ‘No Parking’ signs will be removed and vehicles can return.

Will the City be cleaning leaves and debris off sidewalks?

The City cleans sidewalks on major roadways, but asks that residents help keep our city looking beautiful by sweeping up and disposing of leaves and debris from residential sidewalks and driveways. Extra debris swept onto roads can delay scheduled sweeping for that day. Leaves and grass can be composted through the City’s Green Cart collection program, or taken to one of the compost depots. Visit saskatoon.ca/composting.

Will street sweepers maneuver around parked cars on scheduled streets or will they be towed?

In mid-April high traffic streets were swept to quickly pick up the bulk of the debris by going around vehicles. The City wide street sweeping program, scheduled by neighbourhood, will be communicated to drivers and residents with bright yellow No Parking signs posted along affected streets at least 36 hours in advance. Vehicles parked on a scheduled street beginning at 7:00 a.m. will be ticketed and relocated to a nearby road.

What is a relocation tow?

In order to complete a curb-to-curb sweep all vehicles must be removed from the street. Vehicles that are not in compliance with the signs will be ticketed $100, towed and relocated to a nearby street or an adjacent neighbourhood. Parking enforcement officers and tow trucks will try to keep just ahead of the street sweeping crews to minimize the impact on residents.

My vehicle was towed for street sweeping. Where is it?

Tow truck operators will relocate vehicles to an adjacent street or neighbourhood NOT to a compound. The location of each relocated vehicle is updated and available within minutes of the relocation tow being completed. To locate your vehicle call our 24-hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476 or visit saskatoon.ca/betterroads for our online Find My Vehicle application.

How do I dispute a parking ticket?

The City has a formal process to request a review of parking tickets. You may call or visit a customer service representative in the Revenue Branch at 306-975-2400 or on the main floor of City Hall at 222 Third Avenue South. Please provide them with as much detail as you can and they will help you complete the Request for Review form.

How do I contact the City with questions about street sweeping?

For information about the City’s street sweeping programs, contact the 24-hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476 or public.works@saskatoon.ca. Find schedules, Street Sweeping alerts, more Frequently Asked Questions and other information at saskatoon.ca/betterroads. You can also follow us on Twitter @cityofsaskatoon and with #BetterRoadsYXE and like Saskatoon City News on Facebook.