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Last updated: 04/08/2019
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Spring cleaning

“Spring Clean-Up” operation in Saint-Lazare

Saint-Lazare (Quebec), Monday, April 8, 2019 – Every Spring, when weather conditions are favourable, the Town of Saint-Lazare begins its spring clean-up operation. This year makes no exception to the usual calendar.

Road and bike path network

Calendar of road and path cleaning

The municipal team generally begins cleaning the road and bike path network when:

  • Snowfall is no longer expected (It is not uncommon for a last snowfall to hit Quebec in mid-April. Abrasives that are still on the roads help ensure vehicles can continue to travel safely).
  • Snow has melted in municipal rights-of-way (a municipal right-of-way is the portion of land alongside the paved roadway, between 1 and 9 metres deep depending on the configuration of the lot, and which must be kept free of all non-compliant obstacles, constructions or installations such as landscaping, decorative rocks or sprinkler heads).

The duration of the spring clean-up may vary depending on municipal priorities and the weather.  

The clean-up includes:

  • Running the mechanical broom over 67 km² of territory, including 400 km of municipal roads which translate into 500 streets along more than 7,000 properties and sidewalks in Saint-Lazare’s downtown area.  

The brooms:

  • collect any crushed stone remaining on the road, throughout the territory, excluding certain roads bordered by ditches and where the population density is low; 
  • are not designed to collect or vacuum crushed stone in municipal rights-of-way (property owners  who wish to remove the stone may gather it up into boxes and bring these boxes to the Vaudreuil Ecocentre where crushed stone can be disposed of).


The municipal team carries out several rounds throughout the road network in order to fill potholes:  

  • A few rounds are conducted for temporary repairs, generally in mid-February and mid-May;
  • A round is also initiated when the weather allows for permanent repair, beginning in mid-May;  
  • The team prioritizes sectors with the most damage;  
  • Any unfilled pothole can be reported to the Public Works Department (450 424-8000, extension 250) - make sure to indicate the street on which the pothole is located as well as the closest intersection. 

Parks and green spaces  

Once urgent situations have been addressed and streets have been cleaned, the team moves on to:

  • ensure that its parks and green spaces (approximately 30) are safe;  
  • re-install garbage receptacles and outdoor furniture (picnic tables, etc.)


Safety bollards

The team re-installs safety bollards:

  • over 18 km along its bike paths.  

Pavement marking

Pavement marking will be done on streets, pedestrian crossings and bike paths between now and June 28, 2019.

Spring pipe flushing  

Once urgent situations have been addressed and streets have been cleaned, the team will also initiate flushing of the network’s pipes:

  • Upper Sainte-Angélique (west of Rue du Bordelais and Montée Saint-Robert);
  • Saddlebrook;
  • Saint-Louis.

Should you have any questions related to the spring clean-up operation, please contact Public Works by making an online request at or by phone at 450 424-8000, extension 250.


The spring-cleaning of our 450 municipal streets (200 km x 2 (each side)) usually begins mi-April, weather permits. Working teams are giving priority to our main arteries and then pursue with residential districts. Please note that the work primarily consists of sweeping the sand and crushed stones by the roadside. 

Note that certain roads on our territory belong to Transport Quebec including Route de la Cité-des-Jeunes. This road is not cleared by the city.

Transports Québec (Vaudreuil service centre)

Spring cleaning of your backyard

Do not use green spaces as a dump!

It is strictly forbidden to drop you garden residues, lawn, plants, etc. in Town green spaces such as park, circle and woods.

Composting is a good way to valorize these green residues!  

Spring cleaning operation 2018

Saint-Lazare’s spring cleaning operation underway

Saint-Lazare (Quebec), Thursday, April 26, 2018 – The City of Saint-Lazare is aware that the larger quantity of blended abrasives that was spread this year as a result of difficult weather conditions has caused some frustration for many residents since the arrival of the spring season. Although motorists appreciate this abrasive when road conditions are made difficult by alternating snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain, we understand that it can be much less enjoyable once the winter is over. Despite this, sand and stone help the Town keep roadways safe for its residents; indeed, these abrasives are the best ally against icy roads and a better alternative to salt. In fact, not only is salt unsafe for the environment, particularly because it alters water’s salinity and pH and disrupts aquatic life, it also loses its effectiveness since water dissolves and dilutes it (rendering it useless).

Although it began last week, the spring cleaning operation consists mainly of moving leftover stone and sand onto the municipal right-of-way. Teams are working alternately in order to maximize clean-up using a mechanical sweeper in areas that have curbs and sidewalks. Note that the municipal right-of-way consists of the stretch of land located alongside paved roadways, that belongs to the town and which must be kept free of all non-conforming obstacles, set-ups or equipment such as landscaping features, decorative stone and sprinkler heads.

The Town does not have the equipment required to collect stone over the 400 km of roadway along its over 7,000 properties.  

As such, this year, the Town is again inviting homeowners who are inconvenienced by leftover stone to gather it up in boxes and bring it to the Vaudreuil Ecocentre, where this type of material is collected.

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