Spring street sweeping got underway Monday with the city warning motorists to watch for no-parking signs or face a ticket and tow.
The annual spring clean-up sends sweeping machines out onto all paved roads and hard surfaces to clear a winter’s worth of debris that can pose a danger to pedestrians, cyclists and traffic and clog catch basins.
Sweeping starts when most snow and ice has melted from the sides of roads, the City of Ottawa said. In early spring, it has to happen during the day because the water used for street cleaning could make roads icy as temperatures drop overnight.
Sidewalks, bus stop pads and medians are cleaned first using sidewalk sweepers, flusher trucks and hand brooms.
Streets are cleaned with the flusher trucks, which use water pressure to move debris next to the curb, then it’s picked up with a vacuum sweeper truck. It could take several passes to get a clean surface.
While working can happen around-the-clock in the suburbs, concentrated sweeping is scheduled, usually from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., in central neighbourhoods because there’s always cars parked on the street.
Temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted and apply to all vehicles, including those with on-street parking permits.
Vehicles parked where temporary “no-parking” signs are posted will towed to nearby streets, usually just a few blocks away. Residents who can’t find their towed vehicle can call 311.
Raking or blowing leaves, lawn clippings and other debris onto roads is a bylaw violation, the city warned.