Starting Monday evening, from 9 p.m. till 5 a.m. on Tuesday, sections of Deerfoot Trail will be closed for spring cleanup work. 

"The cleanup will be done during non-peak hours to minimize traffic disruptions. Drivers can expect delays and should plan accordingly for alternate routes and additional travel time," a traffic advisory from the province stated.

There will also be closures next week on Monday, April 29, beginning at 9 p.m. and lasting till Tuesday at 5 a.m. 

Over the weekend, motorists also had to deal with sections of Deerfoot Trail being closed off due to the ongoing Deerfoot Trail Improvements project, though those closures ended on Monday morning.

Over the coming weeks, Airdrie residents will also have to plan their parking accordingly as street sweeping will begin next week on Tuesday if the weather permits. 

The City is reminding residents that 48 hours before the sweeping, road signs will be placed at entrances into subdivisions that are scheduled to be swept.

"Watch for large orange signs as they will indicate when sweeping will occur in your area. If inclement weather doesn't allow for sweeping to begin or be completed on the dates posted, signs will be updated to reflect this."

The City has also cautioned that if there are vehicles parked on the street when sweeping is scheduled to occur, they will be tagged and towed in accordance with the Streets Bylaw.

"When signs are up in your community, you can park in alleys between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., but please don't block off emergency access or access to driveways, garages and backyards. If you will be out of town for an extended period during May and June while residential sweeping is underway, please move your vehicle to off-street parking."

Other things residents are reminded of are to obey construction signs, as well as to slow down and use caution when approaching or passing equipment.

"Remove ramps or other obstructions from the gutter in front of your driveway, basketball hoops etc. Don’t sweep your driveway and sidewalk debris onto the road," The City added.

Residents are also asked to remove their advertising signs from boulevards and medians. It's also important to remember to maintain vegetation, including trees and shrubs as well as other structures that may obstruct equipment on the road right-of-way.

The City's Roads Department does not sweep private parking lots, and residents living in townhouses or condo complexes do not need to move their vehicles if parked on-site. However, vehicles parked on the street must be moved.

According to the City, there are three phases of cleaning. The first phase includes sweeping arterial roads, boulevards and medians, while the second phase consists of sweeping all collectors and residential streets. The third and final phase consists of sweeping green streets & paved alleys (after residential roads).

This year's street sweeping program is beginning slightly later than in 2023. Last year, street cleaning began on April 25.

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