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Residential Parking Ban Trial in Gold Bar and Silver Berry

To study possible enhancements for snow clearing service, the communities of Gold Bar and Silver Berry are part of a residential parking ban trial this winter season.

The City maintains all roadways including freeways, main roads, bus routes, bike routes, residential and alleys throughout the winter.
Bans can be declared between November 5 and March 15 with 8 hours notice. Don't park on a plowed bus route until the ban has been officially lifted.
The City uses many tools, independently or in combination, to ensure safe winter travel.
Snow doesn’t have to mean the end of bike season. When riding your bike in the winter plan ahead to keep warm and safe.
Follow these tips to ensure you and your vehicle stay safe on winter roads.
Snow removed from roads is taken to one of Edmonton's snow storage facilities.
Please clear sidewalks around your property as soon as possible to keep everyone moving safely.

How the City responds to snow on major roads and on neighbourhood streets.

Snow and Ice Clearing Process

When it snows, a priority clearing system helps keep traffic flowing smoothly. Clearing times begin from the end of snowfall. 

First Priority - Cleared within 24-48 hours
Freeways, arterial roads and business districts.

Protected bike lanes are treated as arterials because of the impact on cyclists’ mobility.

Second Priority - Cleared within 48 hours
Collector/bus routes and transit Park and Ride access roads.

Third Priority - Cleared within 5 days
Local industrial roadways.

Fourth Priority - Cleared within 5 days
Residential streets and alleys are bladed to a 5cm snowpack. Painted bike lanes are cleared at the same time as the closest street.

Methods and Tools

Several methods are used to achieve a safe and reliable mobility network. The goal is to use the right tool and method for the current and forecasted condition. 

Anti-icing brine is only directly applied to bike lanes, City-maintained sidewalks and active pathways. It also acts as a pre-wetting agent in sand and salt to ensure the sand and salt adhere to the snow and ice accumulation on the road surface. Anti-icing brine is not used on roads in Edmonton.  

Neighbourhood Blading
After a heavy snowfall, city neighbourhoods are bladed to a 5cm snow pack after arterial and collector roads are cleared. 

Roadway Plowing
Snow plowing begins on main roads after 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.

Snow and Ice Clearing Capacity

Following a major snow event, City crews clear more than 11,000 km of roadways. That’s like driving to Newfoundland and back. 

How do we do this? The City employs a hard-working crew of more than 500 field-level staff members. With contracted equipment, the City’s snow and ice team can scale up to a fleet of several hundred pieces of equipment including more than 150 plows, 300 graders, 260 end dumps, amongst other specialized equipment. The amount of equipment involved for any weather event expands or contracts depending on the scale of the weather.

Regular Maintenance

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.

Major Plowing Event

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:

  1. Freeways (excluding Anthony Henday Drive)
  2. Main arterial roads
  3. Bus collector routes

A windrow is a pile of snow on the side of a road that was created by plowing or blading. 

  • Less than 30cm that block driveways are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner
  • 30cm or more that block driveways are cleared by the City

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:

  • Arterial and collector roads
  • Bus routes
  • Schools
  • Senior centres
  • Cul-de-sacs when excessive snow volumes make it necessary
Bike Lane Maintenance

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 pathways 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.

Anti-Icing Bike Map

Severe Snow Emergencies

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

  • All available resources are deployed to ensure roads are safe
  • Overnight parking bans are declared on residential roads
  • Residential roads are plowed to bare pavement
  • The Severe Snow Event team is engaged and the crisis communication plan is executed

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.

Snow Emergency

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.

For More Information

Roadway Maintenance


Call 311 for more information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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