Sidewalk Clearing

Icy conditions and rock chips

All available County crews are out sanding, blading or spreading rock chips on County roads, sidewalks and trails.

While our crews have been busy, most of our neighbourhood rock chip bins have run out of stock. If you need rock chips, please visit one of our Central Chip Box Locations noted on the map.

Be a good neighbour and clear the snow around your property as soon as possible. Free rock chips are also available to help maintain safe sidewalks.

Under Bylaw 36-2013 (27.8 KB), residents have eight days from the start of a snowfall to clear the area adjacent to their property.

Person clearing snow with a snowblower

Sidewalk clearing tips

  • Avoid shoveling onto the road - Shovel the snow from your sidewalk and driveway onto your property and not onto the road. Shoveling snow onto the road can cause hazardous conditions.
  • Keep catch basins clear - Clearing snow and ice around catch basins in the gutter by your property will help the melt water runoff and reduce flooding problems on the road.
  • Manage ice - If ice has formed on your sidewalk, you can use rock chips. “Chip” boxes are available in all neighbourhoods. Click here to see our interactive Chip Box location map.
  • Ask for help - If you are unable to clear your sidewalks, please arrange for someone to clear them for you. Strathcona County has a program called Snow Busters that connects eligible residents with volunteers.

Sidewalk Clearing Bylaw

As per  Bylaw 36-2013 (27.8 KB) , if if snow is not cleared from sidewalks within the eight-day window, residents may receive a Snow Clearing Notice. This formal written warning gives the occupant or homeowner 24 hours to remove the snow and/or ice. If the notice requirements are not fulfilled, the County will have the sidewalk cleared at the owner’s expense. If the invoice for this clearing is not paid, the amount will be added to the property taxes.

Neighbourhood chip boxes

Green neighbourhood chip box

Ever noticed this green box in your neighbourhood? These green bins are chip boxes, and they are located throughout Strathcona County. If ice has formed on your sidewalk, you can use rock chips from these bins to manage it.

Image of a central chip box

Central chip box locations are also placed throughout Strathcona County. Please only use the central locations if the chip box closest to you is empty.

To report an empty chip box, please contact Transportation and Agriculture Services at 780-417-7100.

Click here to see our interactive Chip Box location map.

Interactive web maps are best viewed with Google Chrome. Click here to download a free copy of this web browser.

Chip box locations - Sherwood Park (418.3 KB)

Chip box locations - Rural (1.3 MB)

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Last updated: Friday, February 16, 2018
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