Sustainable Rural Roads Master Plan

SRRMP public engagement update

Thank you to all the residents who came out to one of our rural roads open houses or completed our online survey.

The project consultant has compiled an initial summary of resident feedback and preliminary recommendations will be shared in the fall of 2020 for your feedback.

The Sustainable Rural Roads Master Plan (2010) currently guides how rural roads are maintained and improved in Strathcona County. All range roads and township roads (grid roads) and roads within country residential subdivisions and rural hamlets are included in the plan. 


The Sustainable Rural Roads Master Plan (SRRMP) encompasses approximately 1,300 kilometres of rural roadways that include:

  • 940 kilometres of grid roads
  • 330 kilometres of residential roadways within 202 country residential subdivisions
  • 30 kilometres of residential roadways within eight rural hamlets

The key principles of the SRRMP are to adjust the overlay cycle, address width concerns, review intersection safety and increase spot repairs.

Priorities are set based on road condition, traffic volume and safety factors.

Road Function Classification Traffic Count (Vehicles/Day) Standard Width (meters) Surface Type Total km's Currently
I 1000 vpd 9.0 m Hotmix Asphalt 90 km
II 250-1000 vpd 7.5 m Coldmix 488 km
III 100-250 vpd 7.5 m Gravel Dust Control* 244 km
IV 0-100 vpd 7.5m Gravel 126 km

*Gravel dust control is based on the following criteria:

  • Intersection to intersection dust suppression if:
    • At least 100 vehicles per day (vpd) or between 65-100 vpd with four or more occupied approaches per mile
  • Spot dust control (153 m in front of occupied residences) if:
    • Less than 100 vpd with less then four occupied approaches per mile

 Rural road maintenance

Strathcona County has a variety of rural roads to manage and maintain. Annual rural road maintenance programs and activities include:

Annual roadway improvements and maintenance are carefully chosen based on a variety of factors, including:

  • Current road condition
  • Current volume versus design volume
  • Current cross-section versus design cross-section
  • Future developments

Road improvements are prioritized based on traffic volume, as required.


On May 4, 2010, Strathcona County Council approved the Sustainable Rural Roads Master Plan to guide the way rural roads are maintained and improved. The 2010 plan was developed through a review process that began in the fall of 2009. Public input was a key part of the review, and the input received was considered along with the economic, social and safety benefits of a well-maintained road network, and the need to protect the environment.

The 2010 Sustainable Rural Roads Master Plan replaces the previous 1995 Rural Roads Master Plan and its 2003 update.

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Last updated: Thursday, July 23, 2020
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