Roadways

Snow Plowing
Snow plowing operations are initiated as soon as warranted at the discretion of either the Director of Public Works or his delegate according to the Winter Road Maintenance Policy. Wind direction and traffic volumes generally determine which roadways or areas receive highest priorities. Initial plowing operations usually permit restricted traffic movements. Snow is only removed if it is significantly restricting traffic operations.

Following a heavy snowfall, snow clearing equipment concentrates on plowing snow throughout the City with the following priorities. To preview a roadway map of snow plowing priorities view the priority map.

Priority I
  • Main Routes: 48 Avenue, Highways 13, 26, 833, and 53 Street/Parkview Drive from 48 Avenue to Camrose Drive.
  • Camrose Drive: Camrose Drive is generally cleared using a truck mounted speed plow.
  • Citizen Reports: Public Works will respond to citizen reports of blocked roads or lanes.
  • Airport: Snow clearing at the airport is considered a high priority due to the accident potential at this facility.
  • City Centre: Generally, snow clearing of the City center commercial area is initiated at the discretion of the Director of Public Works or his delegate approximately twenty four (24) hours following a major snowfall to give the businesses time to clear the snow from the sidewalks onto the road. If the snowfall occurs on a weekend, and is not too severe, clearing may be delayed in the City center area until Tuesday morning.
Priority II
  • Arterial and Collector Roads: Snow Clearing on major thoroughfares is generally initiated following the clearing of priority I areas.
  • Roads with schools in residential areas are done at this time.
  • Whenever possible, sanding of roadways is done in conjunction with snow clearing of roads.
Priority III
  • Residential Roads and Lanes: Snow plowing of residential roads and lanes is initiated at the discretion of the Director of Public Works or his delegate when the road or lane is at risk of becoming impassable to emergency services and the general public. More snow is allowed to accumulate on priority III roads and lanes than is allowed to accumulate on higher priority roads, before snow plowing is initiated. Residential roads are plowed before lanes.
Sanding
Sanding operations are initiated as soon as warranted at the discretion of either the Director of Public Works or his delegate, or by the stand-by operator based on conditions and with input from the Camrose Emergency Services Operators.

Under normal conditions, Priority I and Priority II areas are sanded in one eight (8) hour shift. Another day is required to sand Priority III areas.

Priority I
  • Highways 13, 26 and 833
  • 48 Avenue Hill (53 Street - 50 Street)
  • Camrose Drive
Priority II
  • Hills
  • Arterial Roads
  • Collector Roads
  • Curves
  • School Areas
Priority III
  • Intersections with stop and yield signs entering onto arterial or major collectors. Local residential roads are not sanded except under exceptional circumstances.
For further information contact Public Works at 780.672.5513.