Spring street sweeping has begun in Red Deer. (Black Press file photo.)

Street sweeping begins in Red Deer — with possible towing, but no ticketing

Some pandemic-related changes will apply

Street sweeping is starting this week in Red Deer, with a few pandemic-related changes.

The annual program is starting late following a long winter.

Median sweeping began Monday and boulevards will be cleaned of sand and gravel this weekend, weather permitting.

Once arterial roads are done, crews will start on the downtown.

Residential street sweeping is anticipated to start mid-May, and residents should move their cars off the road before the machinery arrives.

“We know there are many Red Deerians doing the right thing and staying home. This means there will be more cars on the streets,” said public works manager Greg Sikora.

“In light of the circumstances, we will not be issuing tickets to cars left on the street when crews come through. They will be towed to an adjacent road and can be collected after the roads have been cleared.”

Residents who sign up for alerts will get a reminder when residential street sweeping begins in their area. A schedule will also be available on the city’s website, reddeer.ca/streetsweeping.

Starting this week, parks crews will be sweeping sidewalks and trails. Pedestrians and motorists are encouraged to stay at least three car lengths away to avoid injury or damage from flying debris.

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