Spring is in the air, but sand and gravel from winter is still on a lot of streets and highways in the Drumheller Valley and efforts are underway to fix that.
Street sweeping began in April, but was put on hiatus when the snow hit last week: however, the town's Director of Infrastructure Services, Darryl Drohomerski says they've been busy for all but a day or two.
"As we all know, Drumheller's a very large area," he pointed out. "It's been out all week, but (in) different areas of the community. We're working with Carillion to try to make sure that the highway through town is all cleaned up too."
"I think it's probably a two or three week process from start to finish," he added. "Some areas you have to spend a bit more time on because we put a lot more gravel and sand down for the wintertime. Downtown and the highway area takes a bit longer, but once we get into the residential, some of it you can go through pretty quickly."
What about people ignoring signs asking them to park elsewhere while the street sweepers do their job?
"We'll probably look at, maybe for next year, signing the streets a bit better to tell people when we're going to clean their areas," mused Drohomerski. "We use the sweeper in the summertime as well to go back to areas that might have a bit of sand and gravel built up."