Snow Removal

Snow Clearing

The County employs a dedicated snow removal crew, which clear and maintain over 3,600 kilometres of paved and gravel roads.

Reasonable efforts are made to clear all rural roads within five days following a significant snow fall. Multiple snow fall events may alter the snow clearing cycle and require extended hours or days to complete.

For details, please refer to the Winter Road Maintenance Policy.

Important Notice to Property Owners and Residents

Residents and property owners are advised to keep the snow and ice they clear from their driveways, sidewalks and property on their property.

Under the County's General Traffic Bylaw 3024 [PDF - 3.9 MB] and the Provincial Highways Development and Protection Act, it is illegal to:

  • Deposit snow, ice and other material onto roadways, right-of-ways, ditches or property other than your own
  • Conduct any form of work or maintenance on any County road, road right-of-way, or ditch without permission from the County

Pushing snow and ice onto County roadways, ditches, right-of-ways, and property other than your own results in:

  • Increased traffic and safety hazards by making roads uneven and unpassable
  • Slowing down the County’s snow removal process
  • Increased risk of damaging equipment during back blading of ditches
  • Potentially damaging roads and road maintenance equipment
  • Blocking or damaging culverts during freeze and thaw cycles which can lead to higher risks of flooding during the spring
  • Causing inconveniences for other property owners, residents and motorists.

The failure to comply with the conditions in Bylaw 3024 and the Highways Development and Protection Act may result in the County issuing:

  • A $100 fine
  • An order to clean up the snow and ice pushed on the road
  • An additional $200 fine for failure to clean up debris on the road
  • A bill for the time and resources spent to cleanup or repair damages caused to roadways, ditches, equipment and other infrastructure

Reporting Improper Snow Removal & Traffic Bylaw Violations

Residents are encouraged to report improper snow removal and any other contraventions of the Traffic Bylaw 3024 and the Highway Development and Protection Act through the County’s Online Occurrence Reporting Program in any of the following ways:

Provincial Highways

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.

How You Can Help

  • During periods of heavy snowfall or other extreme weather conditions, please have patience as crews work to clear snow from your area as quickly as possible.
  • Watch for snow removal signs in your neighbourhood and ensure your vehicles are not parked on the roadside while crews are at work clearing your street.
  • Please use extreme caution when approaching snow removal equipment and, reduce your speed around plows, graders, and other equipment.
  • When near snow removal equipment, motorists and pedestrians are advised to follow the safety tips below:
    • Stay three car lengths behind equipment to allow for a safe stopping distance.
    • Never cut off a snow plow.
    • Assume the snowplow driver has NOT seen you.
    • If you see a snowplow, move off the sidewalk and into a yard where you can be seen.
    • Do NOT play on, or make forts or tunnels in roadside snow banks.
    • NEVER approach a snowplow, even when it has stopped.

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