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 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.
- 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.