The City of Estevan took advantage of warm temperatures yesterday to get a head start of street sweeping. 

"Last year we were plowing snow and blowing snow," shared City Roads and Drainage Manager, Norm Mack. "This week with the weather change, we decided to send the sweepers out."

"A lot of the roadways have dried up and what we're doing now is just testing the equipment, making sure it's ready to roll when we go fulltime in the spring."

"Right now we are taking off the main lines to expose them a little bit better for safety and to get some of that debris off the yellow and white lines. Some of the gutters still have ice so we'll stay away from that."

He added that with the colder temperatures coming today and for the rest of the week, the sweepers will stay parked. 

"We just want to test them, make sure they're ready to roll when the warm weather comes. Even if it does snow again, that debris on the centreline and lanelines won't help us at all at all."

He added that back lanes are melting now and could be soft.

"Our heavy equipment, we're just going to stay off the back lanes until the back lanes dry up. Adding heavy equipment to them would only rut them."

He advised drivers to stay off the back lanes if at all possible until they are not as soft. 

The weather forecast right now is calling for a chance of snow and freezing temperatures. For a full forecast, click here

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