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Providing snow and ice control so that commuters, transit users and commercial drivers can travel safely.

The City of Edmonton’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. 

Priority Clearning System

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

First Priority 

Freeways, arterial roads and business districts are cleared. 

Second Priority

Collector/bus routes, transit Park and Ride access roads are cleared.

Third Priority

Local industrial roadways are cleared.

Fourth Priority 

Residential streets and alleys are bladed to level snowpack.

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.

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. The exact mix varies according to temperature and conditions.

Roadway Plowing

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

Neighbourhood Blading

After heavy snows, 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.

Anti-Icing

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 snowfall. The product prevents the snow from sticking to the pavement, helping the roads to stay clear longer, and making snow removal easier.

Notifications

Roadway Alerts

Be the first to know about major plowing events and parking bans.

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

TTY 780-944-5555
Email parksandroads@edmonton.ca
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/cityofedmonton
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