With warming temperatures, median and street sweeping shifted into full gear last week. Simultaneously, pothole patching crews started with hot mix asphalt for permanent repairs.
“We’re officially in spring cleaning mode with sweepers moving through high-traffic priority streets and crews filling broken pavement with hot-mix asphalt,” Brodie Thompson, acting director of roadways, fleet and support, said in a news release.
Over the next four weeks, citizens will notice sweeping on the driving lanes along priority streets, business improvement districts, and on medians and boulevards.
The goal of this phase is to pick up debris collected through winter and reduce dust. Curb-to-curb cleaning will occur as part of residential street sweeping beginning May 6.
“Thinking about potholes, the great news this spring is that roads are overall pretty smooth thanks to all the road rehabilitation the city’s been investing in,” said Thompson. “This summer, we will focus more of our energy on proactive treatments such as crack sealing to prevent potholes and deterioration of our roads.”
To allow for sweeping the entire road, a few neighbourhoods will see the yellow No Parking signs pop up. These roads will be swept ahead so they are available for parking when the residential street sweeping starts in those areas.
City-wide residential street sweeping will begin May 6, weather permitting. Bright yellow No Parking signs will be posted in neighbourhoods 36 to 48 hours in advance of street sweeping, followed up with ticketing and relocation towing. City crews will follow a similar schedule for permanently repairing potholes with hot mix asphalt.
Utility Cut Repairs
In addition to sweeping and pothole repairs, the city is maintaining more than 1,000 road cuts due to underground utility work. Permanent repairs of these road cuts will start this week.
Citizens can report dangerous locations to our customer care centre, and continue to report pesky potholes on our Report-a-Pothole app to help the city prioritize repairs.
Visit saskatoon.ca/betterroads to report a pothole, for street sweeping schedules and information on spring road maintenance programs.