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Slush storm delays Woodbury spring cleaning projects

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The start of annual city maintenance projects, including street sweeping and hydrant flushing, has been delayed until April 21 due to inclement weather, city officials reported last Thursday.

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Streets supervisor Jim Triebold said the setback is a direct result of recent snowfall.

The Woodbury Public Works Department will begin street sweeping on Monday, April 21, with hydrant flushing starting Wednesday, April 23, weather permitting.

In preparation of the street sweeping, the city is asking residents to sweep or shovel excess gravel and sand from their boulevards into the street gutter before the street is cleaned, so sweepers can remove any sand build-up from winter plowing.

When sweepers are in the neighborhood, all vehicles should be moved from streets, so the entire street can be swept. Street sweeping will take place over the course of approximately five working days.

According to public works officials, sand removed from city streets is screened and recycled for use during the next winter season. Approximately 70 percent of the material collected during street sweeping can be reused. This amounts to about 500 tons of material.

Utility maintenance crews flush hydrants in the spring and fall each year to verify that hydrants are operating properly and to remove rust, sand and other sediments from the underground piping systems.

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