Road Operations conduct the Annual Spring Street Sweeping Program to clean all City streets of sand deposited during winter control, 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.
To help us provide the best service possible, please do not push sand into piles on the road as the sweeper cannot pick them up. When possible, please minimize residential street parking during this process to ensure best results.
If there are areas missed because of parked cars, staff will note such obstructions and will return at a later time, but we also ask residents to contact Service Barrie (705-726-4242 or ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca) if there was a vehicle parked in front of their house when the sweeper came down their street.
Sweeping usually starts in end of April / early May and takes approximately 10 weeks to complete, weather permitting. The Source Water Protection zone is swept first followed by residential streets.
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.
Crews work in two shifts, Day and Afternoon, which help speed up the sweeping process. Each shift is comprised of six mechanical sweepers: three in the North & three in the South.
Within the downtown Business Improvement Area, the streets are swept from approximately 3 a.m. – 10 a.m. 7 days a week.
Sweeping consists of a 2-part process as follows:
Staff have 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 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 landfill. Staff hope to continue to build on the success of this pilot project in 2018.
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, but also asks residents to call or email Service Barrie (705-726-4242 or ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca) if there was a vehicle parked in front of their house when the sweeper came down their street.
It was previously believed that the sand that crews put down has "edges" and assists in providing traction, and that the sand loses its edges after it has been applied and actually becomes round and smooth, which does not promote traction.
However, at a November 2017 meeting of City Council, the Roads Department shared a presentation that showed how the City will help to avoid almost half a million dollars during the 2017/18 season by collecting and recycling road sand as part of winter control.
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 landfill.
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