Snow removal continues in Sherwood Park with residential roads starting next week

January 10, 2014

The snow route parking ban was lifted Thursday on collector/public transit routes (priority 3) in Sherwood Park after crews cleared away the last windrow. Crews will have a short break from the long hours before they start residential roads (priority 4) Monday morning. 

As long as the weather cooperates, the County anticipates the residential clearing will take 10-12 days to complete. Crews will be working through the night again to speed up the process.

Residents are reminded to watch for the “Snow Removal No Parking” signs that are posted at the entrances to neighbourhoods. These signs note the estimated snow removal dates to help residents plan for alternate parking. Residents are free to park on collector roads marked with “Snow Route When Declared” permanent signs.

If residents are unsure if their road is classified as a collector (priority 3) or residential (priority 4) they are encouraged to view the County’s Snow Priorities map.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contact:
Ian Gray
Director, Transportation and Agriculture Services

780-417-7100

2013/2014 Snow Clearing Backgrounder

Residential snow removal
Residential roads are classified as priority 4 roads. The County’s Winter Maintenance policy states that after the snow pack depth reaches a minimum of 7 cm the snow will be removed. The current snow pack depth on residential streets is beyond 7 cm. The removal process takes approximately 10-12 days to complete.

2013-2014 winter season stats

  • Collector road/public transit road (P3) clearing this winter season (to date): three clearings
  • Residential snow removal this season (including this upcoming week’s clearing): two clearings at a cost between $1 – 1.5 million to grade, plow and remove snow
  • Kilometres of roads and trails cleared by the County:
    • 1,300 kilometres of rural roads (equivalent to the distance between Edmonton and Victoria)
    • 394 kilometres of roads in Sherwood park
    • 175 kilometres of trails

Snowfall statistics:

  • According to Environment Canada’s measurements at Uncas:
    • The total snowfall this winter is 128.1 cm
    • The snow on the ground* is 46 cm (which is the highest depth recorded since 1995). 
  • Over 40 cm of snow has fallen since the last residential snow clearing (priority 4) completed on December 9, 2013.