The streets and sidewalks of the Norwegian capital are undergoing their annual spring cleaning, as crews sweep and wash away mud, gravel and grime left from the winter season. While the downtown area is cleaned more regularly, most other streets and sidewalks in Oslo only get swept once a year.
The city-wide project started a few weeks ago and will run until early May, with the stated goal to clean up the capital in time for the annual Constitution Day celebrations on the 17th of May.
The annual spring cleaning can be expensive for those who park their cars on city streets and don’t move them before the cleaning crews come through. Most neighbourhoods only get a two-day advance notice, but if cars aren’t moved, they’re towed away, leaving their owners with a big bill to get them released.
The city was warning motorists to watch for the temporary “no-parking” signs posted on local streets, and leave car keys with friends or neighbours if traveling during the cleaning season.