Snowplowing of County Roads

Public Works crews are expected to have gravel roadways opened up within 72 hours of the last snow fall exceeding 10 cm as per Gravel Road Maintenance Requirements Policy #3205.

County of Wetaskiwin has 2,024 kilometers of roadways, 75 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 kilometers per beat. Grader operators alternate their starting location, which means some roads are cleared first this time, and others next time. Depending on road conditions, it can take up to 72 hours for a grader to complete its entire beat after it stops snowing however strong winds can close a road before the 72 hours have lapsed.

Public Works crews do their best to ensure that roadways are opened up 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 #3205.

Rural residents should also have an emergency plan in place as any road can become impassable in extreme weather. It is important to have enough food, supplies and medications on hand to last for several days should you be snowed in. Should travel be required – for work or medical reasons – it is up to residents to make sure you have the right vehicle, like a 4x4, that will get you to where you need to go – or have a family member or neighbor lined up that does.

Snowplows and graders are not redirected to clear roadways based on requests from residents or bus drivers.

Bus routes are not set as a priority as the County considers every road equally important. The County will not clear snow from mailboxes on any numbered Highways.

Snow Clean Up Efforts

Once all County roads have been opened up, 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 also 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 – in an effort to provide for better traction on ice packed roads.

Contact Us

  1. Neil Powell

    Director of Public Works
    Phone: 780-361-6230

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