Snow Removal

Snow Removal

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.

2015-16 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):

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.

Snow Site - Temporarily Closed due to condition of road.

The snow site is located on Villeneuve Road.

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.

Additional Resources:

2015-16 Sidewalks & Trails Maintenance Map

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.