Snow & Ice Control
Snow Storage Site Update - Snow storage site is now open. Applications for gate access cards are available at the Public Works building (7 Chevigny Street). Please check back for status updates.
The snow site is located on Villeneuve Road. Gate entry passes are required from November to March. The snow site is only available to private contractors performing such work as hauling from private parking lots, etc. Site will be monitored for compliance.
Residential Snow Removal
The City of St. Albert attempts to be as fair as possible in the order of clearing, and does its best to rotate neighbourhoods so each time a new clearing occurs the same neighbourhood is neither first or last. However, there are variables that at times supersede the order in which neighbourhoods are selected. These include:
- Ensuring neighbourhoods with the highest mobility issues are addressed as quickly as possible
- Clearing neighbourhoods with design and geographical challenges, such as hills/high inclines
- Coordinating with solid waste collection schedules
Residents are advised to watch for snow removal signs in their neighbourhoods and park their vehicles on their driveways or in their garages, rather than on the streets.
If the equipment pushes large chunks of snow onto your residential sidewalk, please call Public Works at 780-459-1557 and we will send a crew back to clean the extra snow.
Winter Roads Clearing & Ice Control
Snow and Ice control is managed to meet specific level standards and priorities to provide our residents with roads, sidewalks and parking lots that are as safe as reasonably possible. The City's Public Works department sends out plowing equipment when 2 - 5 cm of snow accumulates on priority roadways. Ice control will be provided on an ongoing basis during snowfalls, frost, freezing rain or any other event that may be dangerous for motorists and vehicle traction.
Plowing and ice control will be completed in accordance with the following priority rankings (unless ongoing weather conditions require a continuous focus on Priority 1 Roads. Snowfall above 10 cm may require resources be diverted to Priority 1 on an extended basis and may change the timelines for priority 2 and 3 roadways):
* In the event of a recurring or prolonged snowfall, resources may be re-allocated back to the higher priority areas. Snowfall above 10 cm may require resources be diverted to Priority 1 on an extended basis and may change the timelines for priority 2 and 3 roadways.
Sidewalks and Trails Snow Clearing & Ice Control
Public Works’ priority for winter maintenance of sidewalks and trails is to keep them safe and clear of hazards caused by snow and ice, for our residents to enjoy year-round. After a snowfall of 1 - 5 cm, the Public Works department sends out plowing and sanding equipment. Sidewalks and trails are cleared in accordance with the following priority rankings:
|PRIORITY||LOCATION||ACCUMULATION||TIME TO CLEAR|
|- 1 -||Red Willow Trail system (river valley trails),St. Albert Place, Transit terminals||Clearing: 1 cm of snow accumulation||Swept to snow free surface within 8 hours|
|- 2 -||Arterial sidewalks and trails, collector sidewalks and trails, bus stops||Clearing: 2 - 5 cm of snow accumulation||Plowed within 48 hours|
|- 3 -||Internal trails, connector sidewalks||Clearing: 2 - 5 cm of snowfall||Plowed within 72 hours and normally after completion of priorities 1 and 2|
*In the event of a recurring or prolonged snowfall, resources may be re-allocated back to the higher priority areas. Snowfall above 10 cm may require resources be diverted to Priority 1 on an extended basis.
Snow Removal Around Fire Hydrants
The City of St. Albert Utilities Branch would like to remind all residents to keep access open to fire hydrants when clearing snow this winter. If there is a hydrant near your home, please clear away a minimum of one metre clearance that is required for emergency access. If there is a location where a hydrant is not accessible, please contact Public Works at 780-459-1557.
Last edited: December 3, 2018