Snow-clearing crews are deployed at the onset of major snowfalls to clear one temporary pathway down the middle of every street in the city for emergency access.
Snow removal standards in the City of Leduc are one of the highest in Alberta.
We are also one of few communities in the region that still removes snow after it is bladed into windrows. A windrow is the pile of snow that is left at the bottom of the driveway after the snow has been cleared from the road. The city’s windrow clearing program helps seniors and people with physical disabilities or medical conditions who are unable to clear the windrow on their own.
Leduc never uses salt on residential roads. This prevents contamination of storm ponds and is more environmentally-friendly to lawns, trees and sidewalks. Instead, finely crushed rock is used across the city as it is environmentally benign and has far superior traction than sand for both cars and pedestrians.
Dry sand is available for free at multiple locations for any residents who want to neutralize ice:
- Alexandra Arena parking lot
- Leduc Recreation Centre west parking lot
- Aileen Fahler Park parking lot
- Eco Station
- Kinsmen Community Park
Remove Obstructions From Your Curb
Driveway curb ramps (rubber, metal or any other material), portable basketball nets and other materials must be removed for the winter. Curb ramps and other items interfere with snow clearing operations and could result in the following:
- Destruction of the ramp or other personal property
- Damage to expensive equipment
- Delays in snow removal operations
- Injury to the public and/or equipment operators
Please note that all ramps will be disposed of, if found in the gutter.
Snow & Ice Control FAQ
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When it starts snowing how do city crews respond?
As road conditions become slippery, sanding is applied to hazardous locations such as intersections, curves, hills, railway crossings and school/pedestrian crosswalks. Snow plowing will commence on major roadways after an accumulation of 2 - 5cm.
How does the city decide to maintain which roads and in what order?
Roadway priority is listed in the city’s Snow & Ice Control Policy:
- Level 1 Snow Plow Priority: Arterial Roadways (2 - 5cm compacted snow)
- Level 2 Snow Plow Priority: Secondary Roads (5 - 10cm compacted snow)
- Level 1 Snow Removal Priority: Downtown Commercial Area (5cm compacted snow)
- Level 2 Snow Removal Priority: Downtown Core (7 - 10cm compacted snow)
- Level 3 Snow Removal Priority: Collectors (7 - 10cm compacted snow)
- Level 4 Snow Removal Priority: Residential Streets (15cm compacted snow)
When will the snow in my neighborhood be removed?
Residential neighborhoods have their snow removed after an accumulation of 15cm of compacted snow or when access by emergency vehicles is severely impaired.
How does the city decide which neighborhoods to plow first?
Locations and their order are listed in the city’s Snow & Ice Control Policy with the order being reversed on the next occurrence of snow removal. However, when a cycle is not completed because of additional snowfall and the city returns to the main roads, the residential snow removal will be started where crews left off.
What do the signs placed in neighborhoods mean?
When you see signs in your neighborhood, it means snow removal equipment will be working there for the next few days. Be mindful of where you park during that time and try to avoid parking on the street.
What is a windrow?
A windrow is a pile of snow on the side or middle of the road created by snow clearing equipment. Do not attempt to drive through a windrow as you may get stuck or damage your vehicle.
Will the snow removal process remove all the snow from the road?
Normal snow removal equipment will blade the snow to a level snow pack but not necessarily clear residential roads to bare pavement. The objective of the snow removal process is to make the roads drivable and reduce the amount of surface flooding during the spring melt.
Will back alleys be cleared?
Back alleys are the same priority as residential streets and are not plowed until all the higher priority roads are completed.
What happens when a car is parked on the street and snow removal equipment come into the neighborhood?
When snow removal is scheduled for your neighborhood, make sure you move your vehicle off the street. There will be signs in your neighborhood in advance of and during the snow removal process. If a car is not moved when the grader arrives, the grader will plow around it leaving the snow around the vehicle that it could not pick up. Snow removal equipment will not come back to pick up any snow left behind due to parked vehicles.
Where does all the snow go?
Snow that gets removed from the roads is trucked to the city’s 1 permanent or 2 temporary snow storage sites.
What can I do to help?
- Move your cars off the street.
- Do not shovel any snow from your property onto the roadway.
- Remove any rubber driveway/curb pads or other materials along your curb.
- Give snow removal and sanding equipment enough room to do their job safely.
Does the city clear snow on asphalt multi-ways and sidewalks?
The city removes snow on multi-way and sidewalk corridors used to channel pedestrians to business areas, service providers, recreation facilities and education facilities.
How often are the walkways cleared?
Sidewalks and multi-ways will be cleared to a “snow free surface” after 2cm of snow.
Are the walkways sanded?
Sidewalks and multi-ways are not normally sanded unless they become hazardous due to freezing rain or other such weather conditions.
When are the city's outdoor ice surfaces cleared of snow?
Outdoor ice surfaces will be cleared once all sidewalk and multi-ways have been completed.
- SNOW PLOWING: Snow plowing consists of 2 priorities. Priority 1 will normally occur within 12 hours after a snow accumulation of 2 - 5cm on highways and arterials. Priority 2 normally occurs after an accumulation of 5 - 10cm on rural boundary roads and north industrial areas as city resources will allow. Snow plowing may occur on any street, road or lane at any time if the street becomes impassable for emergency response vehicles.
- SIDEWALK, MULTI-WAY and RECREATIONAL AREA SNOW CLEARING: There are 2 service level priorities identified in the policy. Priority 1 consists of sidewalks and multi-ways which are pedestrian corridors used to channel pedestrians to the main business areas and recreation facilities. These areas will normally be swept clear within 48 hours after an accumulation of 2cm of snow. Priority 2 consists of the outdoor ice surfaces and will be completed after Priority 1 and normally within 72 hours following a snow fall. Priority 1 areas are not sanded unless they become hazardous due to freezing rain, melting, etc. Snow plowing, sidewalk and recreational area snow clearing and parking lot snow clearing are completed at the same time. Street sanding is completed next, followed by our last function, snow removal.
- ICE CONTROL (SANDING): As road conditions become slippery, abrasives and/or melting agents may be applied to hazardous locations such as intersections, curves, hills, railway crossings and school crosswalks. Residential intersections, lane entrances and exits may be sanded only as required. It is not common practice to sand streets in their entirety unless severe weather conditions warrant such actions.
- SNOW REMOVAL: Snow removal is carried out in 4 priorities and is determined on the amount of compacted snow. Priority 1 (5cm) downtown commercial, Priority 2 (7 - 10cm) remaining downtown core areas, Priority 3 (7 - 10cm) collector streets within the various subdivisions and Priority 4 (normally 15cm) usually identified as residential streets. Collector routes and residential areas are completed on a rotational basis with the order reversed after each removal process. Snow removal lanes will begin when they become impassable for emergency response vehicles.
- PARKING LOT CLEARING: City-owned parking lots as defined in policy are separated into 2 priorities. Priority 1 parking lots are normally cleared within 24 hrs following an accumulation of 5 - 10cm of snow. Priority 2 parking lots are normally cleared within 72 hrs following an accumulation of 5 - 10cm of snow. Stock-piled snow will be removed as city resources warrant.
- SNOW STORAGE SITES: Temporary snow storage sites are located in different quadrants of the city. If the sites are city property, they are to be used only by city operations.