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Please refer to Program Updates to confirm if your area has been swept yet. Concerns re missed areas can be logged through Service Barrie Online or by contacting Service Barrie.
Road Operations staff 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.
Spring street sweeping takes approximately 10 weeks to complete, weather-permitting. This webpage is updated throughout the spring program. View the
Street Sweeping Zone Map to determine your zone.
Arterial – Zone 7
Residential – Zone 8
Arterial – Zone 15
Residential – Zone 16
Week of May 2
Zone 4 followed by Zone 8
Week of April 25
Zone 1 followed by Zone 3
Sidewalks across Barrie have been swept. Concerns regarding missed sidewalk areas can be reported by by contacting Service Barrie at (705) 726-4242 or
The schedule adheres to
source water protection measures, which include optimization of road salt use and management and implementation of practices to minimize the loss of salt to the environment. Crews prioritize street sweeping in our vulnerable areas by sweeping the roadways in drinking water protection areas, then moving outward.
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.
Crews also sweep all City streets annually in the fall if the weather permits, in an effort to pick up as many leaves as possible before the weather turns too cold. Removing leaves from streets in the fall allows for a more efficient spring sweeping program and reduction of waste. It also reduces instances of blocked and frozen catch basins through the winter.
Reminders about spring street sweeping are issued via
This Week in Barrie,
mobile app and
e-digest). To help us provide the best service possible during street sweeping operations each year, please:
If there are areas missed due to obstructions, operations staff will note and return at a later time. Concerns re missed areas can also be logged through
Service Barrie Online or by contacting (705) 726-4242 or
Sweeping generally consists of a two-part process as follows:
The sand that is collected from roads during the annual spring street sweeping program is typically disposed of at the
In 2016, staff investigated the possibility of recycling sand for
winter maintenance. After a thorough screening of the sand collected from roads, staff found that it maintained municipal standards and was suitable for reuse on roads in winter. Recycling sand allows for a cost avoidance of almost half a million dollars and helps extend the life of the landfill. For more information please review the
Recycled Street Sweepings Pilot Program presentation or watch the presentation to City Council on
Rogers TV Barrie (begins at 40:00).
The program is delayed until 2023 due to inadequate storage space at the Operations yard.
Leaves swept in the fall are relatively clean and brought to the landfill for composting. Leaves left over in the spring are too contaminated with sand and litter and cannot be composted so they are disposed of as waste.
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.
Sand that is deposited on the road during winter
maintenance can sometimes be plowed onto driveways and adjacent to the curb.
During spring street sweeping, residents can clear debris from this sand
and sweep it to the curb for street sweepers to collect as they complete their
rounds. Sand should NOT be swept into large piles, but rather spread along the curb line to allow the equipment to collect it. Sand should NOT be placed in yard waste or brought to the landfill for disposal.
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