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 protected 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 directly applied to roads in Edmonton.
After a major snowfall, Edmonton neighbourhoods are bladed to a 5cm snow pack after arterial and collector roads are cleared.
Snow plowing begins on main roads after snow has accumulated and more snow is forecasted.
Sand and Salt
The City applies sand, salt or a mix of both to roads and walkways as required to maintain traction and/or melt snow and ice.
Seasonal Parking Bans
A ban on major roads, collector routes and designated bus routes goes into effect with at least 8 hours notice when a significant snowfall leads to plowing on major roads.