A parking ban will be introduced this snow removal season. Parked vehicles will be subject to tag and tow ($250 fine) if found to be hindering snow clearing operations. The ban ends once the road has been cleared and windrows are removed.
There will be two types of parking bans:
1. Seasonal parking ban – 24 hours’ notice before ban is in effect (snow removal priorities 1-3)
2. Residential snow removal parking ban – 48 hours’ notice before ban is in effect (snow removal priority 4)
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.
Leduc refrains from using 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. Learn more about the Salt Management Plan here.
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.
Temporary Parking Bans
A parking ban will be introduced this snow removal season. Parked vehicles will be subject to tag and tow ($250 fine) if found to be hindering snow clearing operations. The ban ends once the road has been cleared. Two types of bans (seasonal and residential) can be declared. Sign up to the email list to be notified of when they take effect.
Seasonal Parking Ban
Will impact arterial and collector roads (e.g. 48 Street and Corinthia Drive). You will be given 24 hours’ notice to move your vehicles before the parking ban goes into effect. Permanent signage has been installed to identify these roads.
Residential Snow Removal Parking Ban
Will impact residential roads. Temporary signage will be placed at the entrance to neighbourhoods giving you 48 hours’ notice to move your vehicles before the parking ban goes into effect. Residential parking bans will rotate as crews move through residential neighbourhoods in the City.
All parking bans end once the street has been cleared. Parked vehicles will be subject to tag and tow if found blocking snow removal equipment’s path during the ban.
Tag and Tow
When a parking ban is declared, move your vehicles from the street on the scheduled dates posted on the snow removal updates page or on the sign placed at the entrance to your neighbourhood. The City will monitor and attempt to contact the owners of any vehicles not removed from the street, as a courtesy, on the day of snow removal.
If we are unable to contact you, your vehicle will be towed to a nearby street that has either been cleared or is not affected by the ban. You will be issued a $250 ticket to cover the towing expense.
If a towed vehicle is not collected within 72 hours, it will be considered abandoned and towed to an impound facility where it will be subject to impound fees in addition to the issued ticket.
- Snow plowing, sidewalk and recreational area snow clearing, and parking lot snow clearing
- Street sanding
- Snow removal
- Priority 1 normally occurs within 12 hours after a snow accumulation of 2 - 5 cm on highways and arterials.
- Priority 2 normally occurs after an accumulation of 5 - 10 cm 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 impassible for emergency response vehicles.
SIDEWALK, MULTIWAY and RECREATIONAL AREA SNOW CLEARING
- Priority 1 consists of sidewalks and multiways, which are used to channel pedestrians to the main business areas and recreation facilities. It also includes bus stops and boarded rinks. These areas will normally be swept clear within 48 hours after an accumulation of 2 cm of snow. Priority 1 areas are not sanded unless they become hazardous due to freezing rain, melting, etc.
- Priority 2 consists of the outdoor ice surfances and will be completed after Priority 1, normally within 72 hours following a snowfall.
CITY-OWNED PARKING LOT CLEARING
- Priority 1 parking lots are normally cleared within 24 hours following an accumulation of 5 - 10 cm of snow.
- Priority 2 parking lots are normally cleared within 72 hours following an accumulation of 5 - 10 cm of snow.
Stock-piled snow will be removed as city resources warrant.
ICE CONTROL (SANDING)
As road conditions become slippery, abrasives and/or melting agents may be applied to hazardous locations such as intersections, curves, 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 is carried out in four priorities and is determined on the amount of compacted snow. A road may move up in priority if emergency vehicle access becomes impaired.
- Priority 1 (5 cm) downtown commercial
- Priority 2 (7 - 10 cm) remaining downtown core areas
- Priority 3 (7 - 10 cm) collector streets within the various subdivisions
- Priority 4 (15 cm) usually identified as residential streets
Collector routes and residential areas are completed on a rotational basis with the order reversed after each removal process.
*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. Private contractors are responsible for sourcing and hauling snow to an approved dump facility, as the City of Leduc's snow storage sites are only capable of handling snow removed from the city's roadways.