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Snow & Ice Control

Snow Site Update - Snow site will be closed during the day due to warm weather conditions.  Site will be accessible from midnight to noon each day.

The snow site is located on Villeneuve Road. Gate entry passes are required from November to March.

Residential Snow Removal

The general order of snow clearing in residential areas is as follows. The schedule may vary due to extended or decreased time spent in different subdivisions. Progress updates will be posted daily.

1. Inglewood - Completed 10. Sturgeon Heights - Completed
2. Erin Ridge/North - Completed 11. Forest Lawn - Completed
3. Woodlands - Completed 12. Lacombe Park - Completed
4. Kingswood - Completed 13. North Ridge - Completed
5. Oakmont - Completed 14. Akinsdale - Completed
6. Heritage Lakes - Completed 15. Pineview - Completed
7. Grandin - Completed 16. Braeside - Completed
8. Mission - Completed 17. Deer Ridge - Completed
9. Riverside - Completed *Jensen Lakes is still under developer control

The City of St. Albert attempts to be as fair as possible in the order of cleaning, 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.

2017-2018 Winter Roads Maintenance Map 

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):

PRIORITY AREA SNOW CLEARING ACTIVITIES
- 1 - St. Albert Trail & Ray Gibbon Drive Within 8 hrs. (after a snow event) - plowed and sanded after 2-5 cm of snow accumulation
- 2 - Arterial Roads Within 8 hrs. (after a snow event) - plowed and sanded after 2-5 cm snow accumulation
- 3 - Collector and Commercial Roads Within 16 hrs. (after a snow event) - plowed and sanded after 2-5 cm snow accumulation
  Rural Roads Within 24 hrs. (after a snow event) - plowed and sanded after 2-5 cm snow accumulation
Collector Roads - Clearing/Removal Removal normally occurs after 20-30 cm of snow accumulation. Estimated time for removal is approximately 5 days.
Residential Roads - Clearing/Removal Removal normally occurs after 6-9 cm of snow pack has accumulated in the driving lanes. Snow pack after March 7 will only be plowed and snow left to melt with no formal clearing . Estimated time for removal is approximately 10-12 days. Snow piles will be removed as resources allow.
Downtown - Removal Removal normally occurs after 5 - 10 cm of snow accumulation in the parking lanes. Estimated time for removal is approximately 48 hours after the snowfall ends.

* 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:

2017-2018 Sidewalks and Trails Maintenance Map

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.

Additional Resources:

The City of St. Albert Snow and Ice Control Policy

Utilities Advisory

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: March 12, 2018

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