Snow and Ice Control
Keeping Edmonton streets in safe winter driving condition
The City of Edmonton is committed to providing snow and ice control that will make it possible for commuters, transit users and those moving commercial goods to travel more safely. In any given snow event, Transportation Services has a priority system to keep traffic flowing smoothly:
- Freeways, arterial roads, business districts and bus lanes
- Collector/bus routes, Transit Park & Ride access roads
- Local industrial roadways
- Residential streets and alleys (blading to level snow pack)
- The City sands roads and walkways as required.
- There are 130 sanding trucks and 20 sidewalk plows that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from October to April.
- The initial response to a snowfall is to apply abrasive street sand and de-icers, to provide traction.
Snow plowing begins on the main roads when 3cm of snow has accumulated on the roadway and the weather forecast calls for continued snowfall.
- During snow events, a city-wide program will start (including alleys) after the Arterial and Collector road network has been plowed and considered to be in safe condition.
- Neighbourhood roads will be bladed to a 5cm snow pack condition (not down to asphalt).
- This service level will only involve the blading of snow.
A windrow is a pile of snow on the side of a road that was created by plowing or blading.
- Windrows less than 30cm that block driveways are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner; more than 30cm will be cleared by the City.
- They won’t be hauled away in residential areas.
- Driveway crews will follow the graders, there may be delays in residential areas.
- Windrows will create loss of on-street parking for residents.
- Residents are encouraged to park their vehicles on their driveways, parking pads, or in garages.
- Snow is removed from arterial roadways and bus routes when the driving width or parking area restricts safe movement.
- Snow will be removed from business districts as required.
- Crews also clear snow from bridge walkways, stairways, bus stops, fire hydrants, curb ramps and crosswalks.
Snow fencing prevents blowing snow from becoming a problem on roadways. The City fences snow along certain roads as part of the Winter Road Maintenance program.
The City clears snow from sidewalks adjacent to city owned land within 48 hours to meet the requirement of Community Standards Bylaw #14600. It is the property owner’s responsibility to do the same at sidewalks adjacent to their property.
Winter Driving Tips
Drivers are reminded that although roads are plowed and sanded, driving to the current road conditions is their responsibility.
- Please allow for extra time to arrive at your destination.
- Leave sufficient room between yourself and the vehicle in front of you for braking.
- Watch for windrows.
- Be careful when approaching slow moving plowing equipment.
- Give wide berth to sanding and plowing equipment.
- It is dangerous to attempt to pass a sander from the rear.
- Stay 8 meters behind sanding trucks.
For more information:
|Telephone||In Edmonton : 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311