Spring cleaning begins in Winnipeg: what you need to know

The entire road network will be cleaned, including bridges, sidewalks and active transportation corridors.

A garden waste collection operation is also planned, while the patching of potholes continues.

Street cleaning

The operation will be large-scale as Winnipeg recovers from one of the snowiest winters in its history. A total of 100,000 tons of sand had to be spread all over the city.

A machine clears snow from a sidewalk in Winnipeg Thursday, April 14, 2022.

A machine clears snow from a sidewalk in Winnipeg.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Trevor Brine

About 500 workers and 300 machines will be needed to clean everything up, according to a statement from the City of Winnipeg.

The sweeping of the boulevards and medians will begin on May 8 and the teams will also begin to collect waste and debris in the parks.

Notices will be sent to residents whose neighborhoods will be cleaned. Fines of $150 could be given to those who did not move their car from the street.

The city will publish cleaning schedules on the app Know Your Zone (New window).

Upcoming garden waste collection

Garden waste collection will begin on May 9 for homes in collection zone A of the city and on May 16 for those in zone B. It will then take place every two weeks, until November, and on the same day as the collection of recycling and garbage cans.

Yard waste collection in Winnipeg.

Examples of types of containers accepted for yard waste collection in Winnipeg. (archives)

Photo: City of Winnipeg

Collection days will be published on the city’s website (New window)but it is also possible to call the 311 service. Waste can also be brought to the 4R depots (New window) Brady, Pacific and Panet roads.

The city accepts any organic material from outside, such as grass, leaves and branches under one meter and lighter than 22 kilograms.

Materials should be placed in appropriate containers, such as paper bags or trash cans without lids.

It is advisable not to rake garden waste from the street, as it can clog drains and increase the risk of basement flooding.

Patching potholes

The City has continued to repair potholes since April. Emphasis was placed on main roads (priority 1) as well as bus lines and collector streets (priority 2).

However, very large or deep potholes that pose an imminent safety concern receive immediate attention, Manitoba’s capital said in a news release.

A worker filling a pothole with a shovel.

The City is continuing with the patching of potholes, which it began last April. (archives)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Djavan Habel-Thurton

The pothole repairs carried out by the crews so far are temporary repairs carried out using an asphalt mix specially designed for use in cold and wet weather.

From this Monday, specialist teams will carry out more permanent repairs with hot asphalt throughout the city. They will focus their efforts on priority 1 and 2 streets.

The number of potholes in the streets of the city is proportional to the state of humidity of the roads and the extent of the cycle of freezing and thawing in the spring. It is therefore to be expected that other potholes will form in the days to come, according to the municipal administration.

So far, the city’s 311 service has received 4,004 requests for potholes and crews have fixed more than 46,000.

With information from Darren Bernhardt


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