- 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
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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.
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.
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
A windrow is a pile of snow on the side of a road that was created by plowing or blading.
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:
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.
When it snows, a priority clearing system helps keep traffic flowing smoothly.
Freeways, arterial roads and business districts.
Protected bike lanes are treated as arterials because of the impact on cyclists’ mobility.
Collector/bus routes and transit Park and Ride access roads.
Local industrial roadways.
Residential streets and alleys are bladed to a 5cm snowpack. Painted bike lanes are cleared at the same time as the closest street.
Several methods are used to keep roads in good winter driving condition.
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.
After a heavy snowfall, city neighbourhoods are bladed to a 5cm snow pack after arterial and collector roads are cleared.
Snow plowing begins on main roads after 3cm of snow has accumulated and more snow is forecasted.
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.
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
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.
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.