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Road Operations conduct the Annual Spring Street Sweeping Program to clean all City streets of sand deposited during winter maintenance, and other debris.
Spring street sweeping improves water quality and the environment by removing pollutants that can be transferred to downstream water bodies through urban runoff through the
storm sewer system. The Street Sweeping Program also improves the cleanliness and aesthetics of City streets and parking lots.
The 2020 Street Sweeping Program has been completed. Sweeping usually starts in end of April/early May and takes approximately 10 weeks to complete, weather-permitting.
The schedule adheres to the City's
Source Water Protection plan, which requires optimization of the use and management of road salt, and implementation of practices to minimize the loss of salt to the environment. Crews therefore prioritize street sweeping in our vulnerable areas by sweeping the roadways in the City’s drinking water protection areas, then moving outward.
See source water boundary.
Within the downtown Business Improvement Area, the streets are swept from approximately 3am–10am 7 days a week as long as possible into late fall each year.
To help us provide the best service possible during sweet sweeping operations each year:
Sweeping consists of a two-part process as follows:
In 2016, staff investigated the possibility of recycling sand for
winter control. After a thorough screening of the sand collected from roads, staff found that it maintained municipal standards and was suitable for re-use on roads in winter. In 2017, City of Barrie crews collected just over 4100 tonnes of street sweepings and were able to reuse 3600 tonnes! By recycling the sand, the City will have a cost avoidance of almost half a million dollars and help extend the life of the
For more information please download the November 2017
presentation to City Council or watch the presentation on
Rogers TV Barrie (begins at 40:00).
The City asks resident to minimize residential street parking, when possible, during this process to ensure best results. City staff will note such obstructions and will return at a later time.
At a November 2017 meeting of City Council, the Roads Department shared a presentation that showed how the City will save money during the 2017/18 season by collecting and recycling road sand as part of
The sand that is collected from roads during the annual spring street sweeping program has typically been disposed of at the landfill. In the fall of 2016 staff looked into the possibility of recycling the sand for future winter control use. After a thorough screening of the sand that was collected from roads, staff found that the sand still maintained municipal standards and was suitable for re-use on roads. By recycling the sand collected during street sweeping, the City will have a cost avoidance of almost half a million dollars and help extend the life of the
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