Spring Street Sweeping

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City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa will be conducting concentrated street sweeping operations in core neighbourhoods from April 8 to April 12, 2013, weather permitting. City wide street sweeping operations are already underway and city crews will be working around the clock to reduce the impact to residents and businesses.

Concentrated Sweeping Operations
Concentrated street sweeping operations require parking restrictions in core neighbourhoods where continuous on-street parking prevents effective sweeping of the roadway. These neighbourhoods include the downtown core, Vanier, New Edinburgh, Sandy Hill and the Glebe.

City streets are swept, and where required, a flusher truck uses water pressure to flush the debris to the side of the curbs. A vacuum truck then picks up the majority of grit, debris, small particles and dust. This operation might be repeated several times to ensure a clean surface. If vehicles are parked on the street, the un-swept area is noted and crews must then return to sweep that portion.

Parking Restrictions
Daytime and night-time on-street parking restrictions will be in effect from Monday, April 8, to Friday, April 12, to permit core neighbourhood areas with continuous on-street parking to be effectively cleaned.

  • Temporary "no parking" signs will be posted prominently in these areas. Vehicles parked where temporary "no-parking" signs are posted could be ticketed and towed to nearby streets.
  • Parking restrictions, during this period, apply to all vehicles, including those with on-street parking permits.

Sweeping operations will include daytime and night-time work and will cause some noise and dust. The City of Ottawa Noise By-law allows for this service to be performed during night-time hours. Residents patience and cooperation in keeping vehicles off the streets during the spring cleanup is appreciated.

Annually, the City sweeps over 6,500 kilometres of roadway and over 2,000 kilometres of sidewalks.

Visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) for more information about street cleaning schedules and operations.