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.
- 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.
Residents are also advised to watch for snow removal crews in their neighbourhood and ensure their vehicles are not parked on the roadside while crews are at work clearing streets.
See our Snow Removal Page for further information and/or to report improper snow removal.
Road maintenance includes gravel, snow removal, dust control, pothole patching, and brush removal.
The County employs a dedicated snow removal crew which is made up of 20 graders, 5 plow trucks, 1 large tractor, and 3 loaders 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.
As per the Winter Road Maintenance Policy, roadways in the County are cleared of snow based on the following categories:
|Arterial Paved Roads||Roads that feed directly into the provincial highway system and have traffic volumes of 300 vehicles per day or higher.||Snowplowing starts when snow accumulation reaches 3-4 cm.|
|Arterial and Local Gravel Roads||Roads that service subdivisions, local residential areas, and rural roads that have traffic volumes of less than 300 vehicles per day.||
Snowplowing starts when snow accumulation reaches 10-15 cm. The County's goal is to have these roads cleared within five days following a snow fall.
Paved hamlet roads within the County. These include:
Snowplowing starts when snow accumulation reaches 10-15 cm. The County's goal is to have these roads cleared within 12 days following a snow fall.
Major collector roads within Hamlets are given priority for snow removal.
|Farmland Access||Roads that provide access to farmland only (no residences).||Roads will be plowed twice per year, upon request, unless they are being used frequently and require additional plowing.|
|Driveways||Snowplow services for seniors & physically disabled individuals.||The County also provides snowplow services to more than 400 residents through our Seniors Snow Plow Program. These driveways are only plowed after all major County roads have been cleared.|
If necessary (i.e.: if snowfall becomes continuous and exceed the allowable accumulation), resources will be rotated back to the arterial roads without finishing local gravel roads. Example: A local gravel road may be stopped mid-stream to commence maintenance of arterial paved roads.
For more information on snow removal on County roads, contact the Public Works department at 780-532-7393.
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.
- 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.
- Avoid pushing snow from private property onto the roads in order to help speed up the snow clearing process.
- 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.
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.
The gravel haul is contracted annually.
The County maintains 247 bridges and bridge culverts, and employs a certified Class "B" Bridge Inspector to assess the status of its bridges.