Please be aware that County snow crews require your cooperation in order to keep our roads clear throughout the winter. The following snowplow FAQ is designed to help residents understand and plan for some of the key factors involved in the County's annual snow maintenance program.
Why does the snow plow leave a windrow at the end of my driveway?
Plow operators do not intentionally block driveways, but they have limited control over the amount and direction of snow that comes off the plow. When clearing your driveway, try to pile the snow on the right side (standing in your driveway and looking towards the road). This can help reduce the amount of snow that is pushed onto your driveway when a snow plow/grader passes. As well, when pushing the snow from your driveway across the road, please ensure that it is placed accordingly by your neighbors driveway (right side if you are standing in their driveway and looking towards the road) – see diagram below.
Why can’t I push snow out onto the road?
Depositing snow and/or ice on the road creates hazardous traffic conditions which could result in an accident. Please make sure you are aware that this practice is unsafe, not permitted and subject to a fine.
Why is the lawn/ditch sometimes damaged by the snow plow/grader?
While operators try to be careful, some degree of damage is unavoidable. Snow plows and graders have to be large enough to move deep, heavy snow. Deep or drifted snow conditions often hide the road edge and, unfortunately, the plows/graders can cause damage to grass. When sod is frozen, damage is minimal; however, when sod is not frozen, it lifts away very easily. Again, although our operators are professional and conscientious, please remember that these situations are part of our great Alberta winters!