Sustainable Rural Roads Master Plan
Tell us what you think about County rural roads!
Thank you to all the residents who came out to one of our rural roads open houses or completed our online survey. Your feedback will help us update the master plan that guides how we maintain and improve rural roads.
Preliminary recommendations for the Sustainable Rural Roads Master Plan will be shared in the spring 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:
- Rural Road Rehabilitation program - subdivisions and grid roads
- Gravel Road Maintenance program - dust-controlled and loose gravel roads
- Class II overlay
- Blade patching
- Routine gravel blading
- Rubberized cracksealing
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.