Road maintenance includes gravel, snow removal, dust control, pothole patching and brush removal.
Gravel Road Maintenance Program
The County of Grande Prairie has experienced unusual weather over the last year. Summer was extremely wet, there were very wet and snowy conditions early in the fall, and there has also been several freeze / thaw cycles since then.
All of these factors have created poor gravel road conditions, including muddy roads and deep ruts, particularly during the spring thaw currently taking place. This has made it difficult for those traveling, especially in smaller vehicles.
The weather has also made it very difficult for maintenance crews to work on repairs and grading because crews cannot go on the roads without potentially causing more damage when soil is wet and temperatures rise above 0 C.
Prevention Efforts and Road Maintenance Plan
The County has taken several steps to mitigate damage to our gravel roads. This includes the following:
- Numerous road bans were in place in late 2016 and February-May 2017.
- Twenty (20) graders working extended hours during times when temperatures fall below 0 C and when roads are dry enough to complete grading on the County’s vast network of nearly 3,200 km
- Six (6) crews dedicated to thawing frozen culverts
- Early access to a pit in the beginning of March 2017 for crews to obtain gravel to maintain and repair roads. The County usually does not have access to the pit until May.
- In final budget meeting in April 2017, Council approved an extra $682,000 in funding for an extra 198 km of gravel to be applied to gravel roads with 200+ traffic counts this year. This bring the total amount of gravel roads being regravelled in 2017 to 1,260 km (over one-third of the County's gravel road network of 3,200 km)
How You Can Help
- Abide by all road bans in place.
- Have patience with road repair crews, including when passing them on gravel roads.
- If you encounter an area of the County that requires the County’s immediate attention such as roads flooding, washed out or frozen culverts or significant road damage that impedes travel or has a significant risk to safety and property, please contact the Public Works 24-hour Emergency Line at 780-532-7393.
- If you have a non-emergency related question or concern, contact Public Works at 780-532-9722 during regular business hours of Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays.
The Parks & Recreation department is responsible for the removal of snow from County trails. For more information please call 780-532-9727.
Ninety-six per cent of the County's roadways are gravel, totalling approximately 3,165 kilometres.
Each year, on a rotating basis, the County re-gravels approximately 1,062 kilometres of road using 220,000 tonnes of gravel.
For 2017, Council approved an extra $682,000 in funding for an extra 198 km of gravel to be applied to gravel roads with 200+ traffic counts this year.
The gravel haul is contracted annually.
The County maintains over 300 bridges and bridge culverts, and employs a certified Class "B" Bridge Inspector to assess the status of its bridges.
All primary and secondary highways are the responsibility of and maintained by Alberta Transportation. If you have questions or concerns about maintenance of these roads please contact Alberta Transportation at 780-538-5310. For updated highway conditions and reports, please call 5-1-1 or visit 511.alberta.ca.