Snowplowing & Grading

Snowplowing Priorities

First and foremost, no matter what the weather conditions, our top priority is to maintain safe and driveable roads for our residents. Sturgeon County is committed to providing a high level of snow removal service throughout the winter season. We have carefully planned levels of winter road service to combat the diverse weather conditions we see each year.

Our fleet provides effective snow plowing services to County roads through a priority system which identifies roads as high traffic, collectors and local roads. The Snow & Ice Control policy defines a “Recognized Snowfall Event” as “an accumulation of 10cm (4 inches) or greater of uninterrupted snowfall.”

  • During the winter months, Transportation crews work 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. plowing, sanding and clearing roads.
  • After a significant snow fall (10 cm or 4 in), our plow operations increase to 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
  • A continuous snowfall that results in significant snow accumulation (less than 10cm) may also require plow operations to operate as a “recognized snowfall event."

Residents are asked to provide input through our "Report a Road Concern" web form.

A note about windrows

As a result of our snow clearing activities, windrows may be deposited across laneways. We will do our very best at reducing the extent of these windrows, however windrows will result from the snow clearing activity. Please keep in mind that in order for the county to maintain efficiency the County will not remove these windrows and are the responsibility of the resident.”

Safety Tips

Never pass a snow plow when it is clearing snow from the roads. Whiteout conditions are often created in the front of the plow and reduce visibility for the operator and traveling public. Stay at least 15m back from the sander and wait for the plow truck to pull over before passing. The operators will pull over periodically to let vehicles pass.

Driveway Plowing Policy

Snowplowing or grading of private driveways will be provided at a full cost recovery service only after all County roads are opened. (as per Sturgeon County Policy TRA-GRV-1 Grading and Plowing of Driveways Policy Statement) A private driveway is considered a private road leading up to a private residence.

 • A $110.00 charge will apply for a normal driveway per Sturgeon County's Fees and Charges Schedule

• Crews will only clear driveways that have a MUNICIPAL ADDRESS visibly displayed on the property.

• Driveways will only be cleared after all graveled roads are complete and only for those individuals who have completed the necessary paper work.

• Common practice is that there is at least 15 cm (6 inches) of snow prior to requesting a driveway be plowed.

• Sturgeon County is not responsible for property damage when plowing driveways at the owner’s request; and landowners are responsible for ensuring that the driveway is clear of all obstacles.

• Individual residents that remove snow from their driveways must not push the snow across the road; this can cause gravel loss and create unsafe road conditions. Residents who push snow across the roadway may be fined for creating unsafe road conditions. When pushing snow towards the road, residents are asked to push the snow to the right side of their driveway so that the grader does not push it back in to the driveway when the local road is done. We appreciate your cooperation.

 

Driveways will not be cleared until a signed Hold Harmless Agreement form has been returned to:

Transportation Services at the Infrastructure Services Building

9902 – 90 Avenue, Morinville, Alberta

(fax 780-939-8274).

To make arrangements for crews to clear your driveway, contact Transportation Services during office hours 8:30 a.m to12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

County personnel are accessible 24 hours a day to respond to road concerns.

• During office hours call 780-939-8252 or 1-866-939-9303 to contact Transportation Services.

• After hours call 780-939-4321. When leaving a message indicate your name, phone number and municipal address. Messages will be passed along to the on-call Supervisor.

• If you have concerns about the condition of any numbered highway within the county, please contact Alberta Transportation at 780-963-5711or their maintenance provider, Carillion Canada Inc. at 1-800-390-2242.