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Oct. 18, 2018 | Thursday
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Welland Street Sweeper program starts Tuesday
A compact streetsweeper in Mexico City. (Wikimedia Commons)

City of Welland workers start freshening up the city streets for spring on Tuesday as part of the city’s Street Sweeper program.

This year’s program consists of cleaning 19 zones as identified on the sweeping map index pictured below. Work will start in zone one and continue in numerical order to zone 19.

The program is expected to take four to six weeks to complete.

New to the program this year, the city will work with Baiocco Construction to recycle around 80 to 85 per cent of the street sweeping material into reusable winter sand, said a Welland press release.

“Sweeping creates a healthier environment because it reduces dust and other airborne contaminants. The street sweeping program also reduces the amount of material that gets washed into the stormwater system, which ultimately leads to the canal, river, and creeks.” 

“Removing loose material from the roadway creates a safer environment for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers,” said Vince Beaudoin, general foreman for Public Works.

“This is a community effort and we need community cooperation to make Welland a healthier and cleaner city to live in.”

Residents can help by refraining from parking on the road during the sweeping period and removing items such as hockey or basketball nets from the roadside.

As well, Welland residents are asked refrain from sweeping their driveway and sidewalk debris onto

the roadway or into piles.

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