Snowplowing of County Roads
County of Wetaskiwin has 2,028 kilometers of roadways, 77 subdivisions, 8 Hamlets which are cleared with a combination of equipment from truck snowplows to graders.
There are 12 grader beats in the County, with an average of 100 miles (160 km) per beat.
Public Works crews do their best to ensure that roadways are opened as quickly as possible; however, time frames will vary depending on the severity and duration of the storm. Click here to see the County’s Gravel Road Maintenance Requirements Policy.
Once all County roads have been opened, crews and equipment begin the longer process of roadway clean-up.
Graders make clean-up passes to breakdown the windrows along the ditches, to help improve line of sight and to move snow further into the ditch for future snow storage and proper spring drainage.
Graders are also equipped with specialized ice blades (Sandvik) to help break up the ice to allow gravel to surface – to provide for better traction on ice packed roads.
Please be advised that plowing snow from your yard into the County right of ways is not permitted. Concerns such liability, safety and equipment damage are factors. Plowing snow into the ditches or onto the side of the roads puts our employees and the safety of the traveling public at risk.
In accordance with the Public Highway Development Act, Section 43(1):
A person who, without justification or excuse,
- Obstructs or deposits any material on a highway (as defined in the Act), or
- interferes with, breaks, cuts, or otherwise injures a highway, is guilty of an offence.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Further inquiries may be addressed to Brian Anderson, Public Works Manager of Operations at 780-361-6244 or by contacting the Public Works Call Centre at 780-361-6241 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.