Town of Banff crews start townwide street sweeping today and will continue through next week and into May – if the spring-like weather continues.
Sweepers require water to clean streets and if the temperature goes below freezing, work has to temporarily be put on hold.
Crews will start on Banff Avenue and continue on over the weekend in the downtown core areas – “Zone 1” on the 2023 spring street sweeping map. Crews start by removing large deposits in pull outs and driving lanes on main roads, and then move to residential areas in early May.
Sweeping can cause dust in the air, but crews try to minimize the amount with a slow process and water spray.
“Once a year, our Streets team provides a deep clean to remove debris and dust from roads, making them cleaner and safer for pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders and vehicles – all of which share our roads in Banff,” said Paul Godfrey, Director of Operations. “We really appreciate residents moving their parked vehicles when we’re scheduled to be on their street, because it helps our crews to complete the work efficiently and keep your neighbourhood clean. We also ask that vehicles give out sweeper plenty of space as the operator’s focus is on the curb.”
Residents should sign up for notifications at via email, text, or mobile app at banff.ca/Alerts for reminders to move their vehicles into their driveway or a street over.
Signs will be posted on streets scheduled for sweeping and people should follow the direction to keep vehicles off the street for the full period of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. as crews make several passes and may return to do areas missed before cars are towed.
The annual spring clean is expected to be completed by mid-May, then crews conduct street sweeping on main roads several times through the summer.
Check out the sweeping map and priority order at banff.ca/sweeping
Visit banff.ca/Alerts to sign up for parking ban notifications.