The City’s snow and ice control policy sets standards for snow and ice control, ensuring a safe and reliable transportation network is maintained and the environment is protected.
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Providing snow and ice control so commuters, transit users and commercial drivers can travel safely.
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.
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. The exact mix varies according to temperature and conditions.
Snow plowing begins on main roads after approximately 3 cm of snow has accumulated and more snow is forecasted.
After a heavy snowfall, city neighbourhoods are bladed to a 5 cm snow pack after arterial and collector roads are cleared. Alleys are bladed before front streets. When activated, the residential blading cycles begin on the same day each run.
As part of a pilot project, anti-icer (a calcium chloride solution with an added corrosion inhibitor) is applied to about half of Edmonton’s arterial and collector roads before a snowfall. The product prevents the snow from sticking to the pavement, helping the roads to stay clear longer and making snow removal easier.
Call 311 for more information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Note: Email is monitored during business hours.