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

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. 

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.


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.

Roadway Plowing

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

Neighbourhood Blading

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.


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For More Information

Roadway Maintenance


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

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