City crews in Quesnel are now out in full force trying to get the road traction material off the streets.
Matt Thomas, the Director of Public Works Operations, says they started on Tuesday (March 19) and they’ll now be going seven days a week.
He says while they are well aware of the Dust Advisory that has been in place, the weather plays a role on when they can sweep…
“We go from one season to another and it seems to go directly from one to another, but as soon as the weather goes above freezing then our sweepers are deployed, and the reason why we have to wait til its above freezing is that we have on board water systems with our sweepers to keep the dust down.”
Thomas says it takes a while to every street…
“Our initial cleanup, where we try to go through everything at least once, takes anywhere from four to eight weeks, and then we’re sweeping all season long throughout the summer, but just not a full force of crew members out.”
A Dust Advisory has been in effect all week in Quesnel.
The readings, in some cases, have been as high as 200 micrograms per cubic metre.
That is four times the level that triggers an advisory.