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Edmundston to begin spring cleaning operations

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — Spring cleaning has taken off in Edmundston, despite the situation that prevails with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edmundston officials said on April 15 that, with minor adjustments, crews have just begun the cleanup work, in parallel with normal preparations surrounding the spring freshet.

“Although we are in an unusual situation, municipal operations are ongoing and we want to ensure that citizens can take advantage of clean pedestrian and road networks for outdoor activities such as walking and cycling,” said Gary Cyr, public roads coordinator.

The Public Works Department’s cleanup work is initially concentrated in the downtown area and on the sidewalks and main arteries. Residential areas will follow. This work is more meticulous since it is here that the largest quantities of sand to be collected are found.

Cleaning crews are therefore at work on specific shifts. The employees work alone and respect all health and safety instructions. This operation will take place over a period of three or four weeks, depending on the weather and potential flooding of the waterways.

The final phase of the spring clean-up consists of cleaning secondary and often off-road areas. These include parking lots, parks or any other areas that are inaccessible with heavy equipment and require manual intervention.

Finally, crews are currently repairing potholes on a temporary basis. More important repair work will begin in late May when the asphalt plants open.

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