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The City maintains all roadways including freeways, main roads, bus routes, bike routes, residential and alleys throughout the winter.

The City provides snow and ice control so commuters, transit users and commercial drivers can travel safely.

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Neighbourhood Blading

  • Blading begins when about 5cm of snow has accumulated
  • Blading operates on a weekly schedule
  • Neighbourhood roads are bladed to a level snow pack of 5cm

Roadway Plowing

Regular Maintenance

Plowing starts when snow accumulation is less than 10cm and more than 3cm on main roads and more is forecasted. 

Throughout the winter, the City's snow and ice control equipment works around the clock, 7 days a week.
 

Major Plowing Event

A major plowing event is declared when approximately 10cm of snow accumulates. Hired graders help get the job done.

Priority roads will be cleared within 48 hours after the end of a snowfall, crews will continue to plow to keep traffic moving.

Major Plowing Event Priority Order

  • Freeways (excluding Anthony Henday Drive)
  • Main arterial roads
  • Bus collector routes

Windrows

A windrow is a pile of snow on the side of a road that was created by plowing or blading. 

  • Less than 30cm that block driveways are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner
  • 30cm or more that block driveways are cleared by the City

Windrows may lead to less on-street parking. Residents are encouraged to park in driveways or garages.

The City will be clearing windrows where required from:

  • Arterial and collector roads
  • Bus routes
  • Schools
  • Senior centres
  • Cul-de-sacs when excessive snow volumes make it necessary

Bike Lane Maintenance

Bike lanes are cleared at the same time as adjacent main roads to ensure all travellers on busy routes are entitled to the same road maintenance standards, regardless of mode. 

The City aims to plow and remove snow on bike lanes within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. Shared-use paths are cleared within 48 hours after the end of a snowfall.

Maintenance includes applying anti-icer, sweeping, removing snow from buffer areas and clearing snow from adjacent sidewalks.

Anti-Icing Pilot Bike Map
 

Priority Clearing System

When it snows, a priority clearing system helps keep traffic flowing smoothly.

First Priority 
Freeways, arterial roads and business districts.

Protected bike lanes are treated as arterials because of the impact on cyclists’ mobility.

Second Priority
Collector/bus routes and transit Park and Ride access roads.

Third Priority
Local industrial roadways.

Fourth Priority 
Residential streets and alleys are bladed to a 5cm snowpack. Painted bike lanes are cleared at the same time as the closest street.
 

Methods

Several methods are used to keep roads in good winter driving condition.

Anti-Icing
As part of a pilot project, anti-icer is applied to about half of arterial and collector roads before a snowfall to prevents the snow from sticking to the pavement. 

Neighbourhood Blading
After a heavy snowfall, city neighbourhoods are bladed to a 5cm snow pack after arterial and collector roads are cleared. 

Roadway Plowing
Snow plowing begins on main roads after 3cm of snow has accumulated and more snow is forecasted.

Sanding
The City applies a mix of sand, salt and liquid calcium chloride to roads and walkways as required to maintain traction and/or melt snow and ice.

Seasonal Parking Bans
A ban on designated bus routes goes into effect with at least 8 hours notice when a significant snowfall leads to plowing on major roads. 

Severe Snow and Emergencies

If more than 30cm of snow accumulates during uninterrupted snowfall and/or roadway mobility is threatened, the City can declare a severe snow event to restore immediate mobility. 

Severe Snowfall Response

  • All available resources are deployed to ensure roads are safe
  • Overnight parking bans are declared on residential roads
  • Residential roads are plowed to bare pavement
  • The Severe Snow Event team is engaged and the crisis communication plan is executed

The Severe Snow Event Team includes operational and communications representatives from the City, Transit, 311, Emergency Services, Edmonton Police Service, EPCOR, Waste, Bylaw Enforcement and Council Services.

Snow Emergency
In the event of an extreme winter storm that leads to the closure of a significant portion of the roadway network the City Manager can declare a snow emergency. Declaring a snow emergency activates the Emergency Operations Centre, which will coordinate all snow clearing activities and focus on ensuring mobility for emergency and essential services until general roadway mobility can be restored.

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For More Information

Roadway Maintenance

Telephone

Call 311 for more information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Note: Email is monitored during business hours.

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

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