County crews continuously monitor, maintain, and clear the roads all winter long.
To prepare for major storms, or a snow event with more than 10 cm (4 inches) of snow on the ground, we have established service goals and a priority sequence for clearing County roads. For more details see our Snow and Ice Control Policy (2016).
The Government of Alberta is responsible for snow and ice removal on all numbered highways.
Snow events are declared when snow fall accumulation meets or exceeds 10 cm (4 inches). After the storm ends, crews begin clearing the snow and ice from the roads.
Roads are plowed in priority sequence:
Priority 1. Paved and oiled access roads (Arterials, Collectors) with higher traffic volumes.
Priority 2. Other paved and oiled roads within subdivisions (Local Roads)
Priority 3. Gravel roads (Collectors and Local Roads) and subdivisions
Our goal is to complete snow and ice control on Priority 1 roads within 24-hours, and Priority 2 and 3 roads within 72-hours after a snow event ends.
Transportation crews typically work weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. plowing, sanding and clearing snow. However, after a significant snowfall of more than 10 cm, our plow operators will increase their hours and work seven days a week, to meet these goals.
Windrows or snow ridges
A windrow or snow ridge is a pile of snow left at the side of the road after plowing.
Crews try to minimize the size of the windrows, but they are not able to circle back with the large equipment to clear windrows away from individual driveways. We ask residents to clear their own approaches.
Residents also have the option of hiring a private contractor to clear windrows from the road in front of their house. For contractor options refer to the Sturgeon County Business directory.
Using salt and sand
The ice control or traction product a snowplow operator uses depends on the temperature. Below -10 Celsius, salt is not very effective. Instead, we apply a brine mixture as a de-icing agent and use sand for traction at many intersections.
Ice control measures, like salt, sand and brine, are applied on an ongoing basis during snowfalls, frost or freezing rain to improve traction for motorists.
Clearing snow from your driveway
When you are clearing snow off your driveway, be sure to push it off to the right side. This way, when the snowplows and graders come by, they do not push it back onto your driveway.
Also, you should never push the snow across the road into the ditches. Crossing into oncoming traffic is dangerous, and the chunks of snow and ice left behind on the road can create a hazard for other drivers.
Remember, obstructing the road in any way - even with pieces of snow and ice – is an offence under the Traffic Bylaw and carries a fine of $500.00.
Rural residents also have the option of hiring the County to clear the snow from your driveways and yard sites. This service is only available to those living in rural areas, not subdivisions. To see if your property qualifies visit Driveway Plowing.
How do I report a road concern?
To report a problem on a numbered highway, contact the Government of Alberta.
To report a problem on a gravel or local road contact Sturgeon County:
Monday to Friday: 780-939-8252 or 1-866-939-9303
After hours: 780-939-4321
Online: Report A Road Concern