Residential Road Rehabilitation

Strathcona County’s Residential Road Rehabilitation program includes upgrades and improvements that maintain the quality and safety of our roadways.

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Drop driveway request

To request a drop driveway estimate, please submit an inquiry through County Connect.

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.


Construction during COVID-19

Due to the impact of COVID-19, County crews and contractors will be required to adapt work protocols to protect the safety of staff, contractors and residents.

These measures include, but are not limited to:  

  • Maintaining physical distancing on the worksite and during all customer interactions
  • Wearing non-medical masks, when physical distancing cannot be maintained (e.g., during certain work tasks)
  • Following strict cleaning protocols
  • Staying home when sick
  • Providing services to residents on the telephone and online rather than in person
  • Reducing face-to-face meetings, where possible, and otherwise holding a meeting virtually, by telephone, outdoors or in an open space
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Phase 1 - Spot concrete

During this phase, select portions of the sidewalk, as well as the curb and gutter, will be marked and then replaced. Not all sidewalks on your street will be replaced. Project Managers 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. 

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Drop driveway requests

During annual rehabilitation work in residential areas, residents can request to have a drop driveway (low-slope crossing) installed.

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.

Either way, it can be a convenient and cost-effective opportunity to make changes to the slope of a driveway access.

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), 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.

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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

Further information:

County Connect

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

Last updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Page ID: 39525