The annual Residential Road Rehabilitation program maintains the quality and safety of transportation infrastructure in Sherwood Park neighbourhoods.

Image showing construction workers working alongside traffic on road.

Residential streets are inspected on a three-year cycle. Based on conditions, the County prioritizes a list of roads for potential construction each year.

If your street is scheduled for improvements this year, you will receive a notice letter at your residence before the work starts. The letter will include the name of the contractor hired to do the work on behalf of the County, along with a construction start date.

The CountyWorks map also includes the locations for all scheduled construction projects each year.

What to expect

When construction is scheduled to take place in your neighbourhood, the work will take about a month to complete from start to finish, weather depending. Construction will take place in two phases:

  1. Spot concrete replacement - sidewalks will be inspected and damaged sections will be replaced.
  2. Asphalt road improvements - the road base will be repaired or reconstructed, depending on the condition, and a new asphalt overlay will be applied.

Note: There may be a break of up to two weeks between each phase. This timing is weather dependent.

Image showing a section of sidewalk taken out and ready to be replaced

Phase 1 - Concrete replacement

During this phase, select portions of the sidewalk, curb and gutter will be marked and then replaced. In most cases, not all sidewalks will be replaced. Project Managers will evaluate the condition of the concrete and only replace deficient sections. 

Concrete replacement process:

  • Removal of existing concrete and sod
  • Construction of base and forming for new concrete
  • Pouring new concrete
  • Replacement of topsoil and sod

The contractor will replace the sod behind the new concrete that has been poured and is responsible for watering the sod until it has taken. Homeowners are also encouraged to water the sod behind the new sidewalk. 

Why aren’t all of the sidewalks replaced on our street?
Each year, we rehabilitate eight to nine km of residential roads under this program. Only deficient concrete sections (large cracks with a gap, settlements, trip hazards, etc.) are repaired. Replacing all the concrete on a street would increase costs and reduce the number of streets that we could repair each year.

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Drop driveway requests

During annual rehabilitation work in residential areas, there may be an opportunity to have a drop driveway (low-slope crossing) installed. However, some neighbourhoods are not suitable for drop driveways. This can be reviewed at the request of homeowners. 

Depending on the type and condition of the sidewalk at the end of your driveway, this work may be completed at expense to you as the homeowner, or it may be covered by the County. 

Learn more and request an estimate.

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Phase 2 - Asphalt road improvements

Asphalt (road) improvements will begin approximately one to two weeks after Phase 1 has been completed. During this phase, the roadway is assessed for structural (base) deficiencies. Depending on the condition of the base, one of two methods will be used:

  • Method 1 – Base reconstruction
    This method usually takes about four weeks to complete (weather permitting)
  • Method 2 – Mill and overlay (can include base repairs)
    This method is shorter and takes up to five days to complete (weather permitting)

Image showing a curb extension on a residential street crosswalk to help with pedestrian safety

Pedestrian safety features

In support of the County’s  Neighbourhood Traffic Safety Action Plan (2017) (1.1 MB) , collector road upgrades also include the implementation of pedestrian safety features, where applicable. Pedestrian safety features could include raised upgrades or curb extensions at multi-use trail crossings, playgrounds, schools and key pedestrian corridors.

Some collector roads also have traffic calming features added as part of the construction process.

Image showing a no parking sign set up near construction

Things to watch for

Parking and access
  • Parking will be temporarily restricted during construction
  • Access to your driveway may be limited
  • "No Parking" signs will go up 24 hours before construction starts to ensure sufficient notice of parking restrictions
  • We will remove 'No Parking' signs as soon as they are no longer required
  • Wherever possible, we will only restrict parking to one side of the street
  • If you have an RV parked on your driveway and need to remove it during construction, please submit a request through County Connect.
Equipment and signs
  • Expect equipment in the area until construction is complete
  • No parking signs and barricades will be placed on lawns and sidewalks
  • Information signs will be posted with start dates for each phase of construction
Dust and debris
  • Dust and debris will be present during construction. The contractor will attempt to keep them to a minimum
  • Loose materials, oil, cement powder and uneven surfaces

Please note: Weather can cause unexpected delays. Although we strive to maintain schedules, timeline changes may be required.

Frequently asked questions

Further information:

Transportation Engineering and Operations
Phone: 780-417-7100
Submit a road construction issue

Last updated: Friday, May 03, 2024
Page ID: 39525