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As a resident of the MD, any snow that falls onto your property is your responsibility. Do not push your snow onto the roads, ditches or right-of-ways. Keeping your snow on your land helps prevent dangerous drifting, ice roads and flooding. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
MD Snow Removal Protocols
The MD's road maintenance program includes snow and ice control to ensure the safety of the traveling public.
After a snowfall event, MD crews begin clearing snow and ice from the roads under their control. It can take between 8 and 12 hours to clear priority roads, and about three days for all MD-managed roads to be cleared (depending on accumulation). A larger or continuous snowfall event may extend the time necessary to clear snow from all local roads.
Please note that Alberta Transportation is responsible for clearing all provincial highways.
The MD is responsible for range roads, township roads and subdivision roads. MD crews work to the best of their collective ability to clear roads quickly and safely following a snowfall event.
Unfortunately, the MD cannot accommodate individual calls requesting snow removal. The priority is to clear the MD-managed road network as quickly as possible. When the snow falls, please drive in accordance to the conditions and allow for extra drive time.
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For any transportation-related questions or concerns, or to request a snowplow flag, please contact Transportation Coordinator Shari Spencer during office hours.
Frequently Asked Questions about MD Snow Removal
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The MD strives to provide safe roads during the winter season. The Municipality' s has a response team equipped with: Three pieces of combination road plowing and de- icing equipment, five road plowing graders, One front-end loader, and two tractors. This response team maintains the Municipality’s 600+ kms of roadway, plus all municipally owned buildings including complex parking lots. We have established plans and routes for clearing snow and ask that you refrain from calling during the first day of a snow event. After the snowfall ends, it can take 8- 12 hours to clear priority roads, and for all Municipal roads approximately 4 days. A larger or continuous snowfall event may extend the time necessary to clear snow from all local roads.
Roads are categorized into seven groups or “priorities”. Priority One roads carry the higher volumes of traffic and are most easily identified as Major Arterial Roads. These are the roads people use to get to business areas and in and out of the municipality. Priority Two Roads are Industrial Roads, Fire Halls and Water Treatment and Sewer Facilities. Priority Three are Major Collector Roads. These Three priorities are usually done within two working days of a snow fall and include most school bus routes. Priority Four Roads are Minor Collector Roads and Hamlets. Priority Five are Local Roads and Farm Access Roads. Snow flags are priority Six and Community Complexes are Priority Seven.
Please note that if a rotation is not complete before the next weather rotation, the rotation does start back at priority one roads even if the lower priority roads have not been completed. For example, there is a snow event on a Monday and plows head out on the Tuesday. They get priority 1-3 completed by Wednesday but overnight on Wednesday another 15 centimeters of snow falls. On Thursday the Municipality will start back at priority one to ensure that all major routes are accessible. Also while every effort is made to ensure that school bus routes are completed as soon as possible, it does not have a bearing on the priority of snow clearing.
- Be patient. In heavy snowfalls it takes us longer to get all our roads cleared.
- Be a good neighbor, help those who may not be able to shovel their driveways and sidewalks.
- Don't park on the street during a snowfall - or immediately following a snowfall if plowing is still needed. Plow operators are not able to do their job properly if there are parked vehicles in the way. Keep a safe distance from plow trucks on the roads and do not attempt to pass. Vehicles attempting to pass create a safety risk for everyone on the road.
- Don' t place snow from sidewalks or driveways on the street. It creates a hazard for vehicles; MDLSR Bylaws prohibit the placing of snow or ice on a roadway.
- If you feel that your road has not been receiving the attention it should submit an Action Request via the MD website.