Wetaskiwin uses sand on its roadways to help provide traction to both vehicles and pedestrians. Sand is preferrable to salt as it is less corrosive on vehicles and more environmentally friendly to freshwater ecosystems, soil, vegetation, and wildlife.
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The City maintains all roads in Wetaskiwin, including parts of Highway 13 and Highway 2A that fall within the city limits and Wetaskiwin Regional Airport. During the winter, City staff work to prepare and respond to snow events as directed by the Winter Street Maintenance Policy.
The 2023 snow removal budget for Transportation is approximately $339,100.
Correct. Plowing will remove accumulated snow down to the level of the snowpack.
Priority 1 roads (Location A/red on map) will be plowed or sanded within 48 hours of a snowfall event; they will be plowed if snow accumulation is over 5 cm, sanded if under 5 cm. Priority 2 (Location B/blue on map) routes will be plowed within 72 hours, and all other plowing will be done as needed. See the Initial Snow Plow Map HERE.
Priority 1 roads (Area 1/green on map) will be windowed within 48 hours if the snow accumulation of snowpack is more than 5 cm. Priority 2 roads (Area 2/pink on map) will be windrowed within 72 hours of a 5–10 cm snowfall/pack. Priority 3 roads (Area 3/blue on map) will be windrowed within 96 hours of a 10+ cm snowfall/pack. See the Initial Snow Removal Map HERE.
All snow plowing and removal is done on an as needed basis. Residential snow removal is normally done once per winter season after all other priority roads are cleared and once the snowpack has reached a minimum of 15 cm.
No. According to policy, alleys are to be cleared at the discretion of administration. However, if you believe an alley or back lane has become a public safety concern, please submit a ticket via our Citizen Reporting Tool.
Yes, sand and gravel are currently available for free at the Wetaskiwin Recycling Centre. Just bring your own bucket and fill up.
The City will advertize at least 24 hours prior to snow removal. Crews from Public Works will place wedgeboards throughout the targeted area. The City’s website and social media channels will share maps of snow removal routes. Email and text notifications will be sent out via Notify Me.
Snow removal begins at 7 a.m. unless otherwise specified.
The City has two snow storage dump sites: one near Walmart in the southwest part of the city and one east of the Wetaskiwin Regional Fire Training Facility. View the Snow Storage Dump Sites Map HERE.
Yes. Parking enforcement will take place along the advertised snow removal routes in residential areas. There will be a 24-hour parking ban for the day listed on the wedgeboard. Residents with a vehicle parked on a snow removal route could face a fine of up to $200, as outlined in the City’s Traffic Bylaw.
If your municipal violation ticket is not paid after 30 days a provincial ticket will be issued. Vehicle owners will have to pay the provincial ticket prior to renewing their annual vehicle registration.
Aside from moving your vehicles from the street, it would be appreciated if you removed any driveway/curb ramps that may be in front of your property. Also, keep in mind, you should not be shoveling any snow from your property onto the roadway.
Service levels may be affected by many things, including but not limited to: available staff, council-approved budget, equipment failures, and extreme weather conditions. Reminder: residential snow removal is normally done once per winter season after all other priority roads are cleared and once the snowpack has reached a minimum of 15 cm.
If you have questions about snow maintenance, please call the Operations Facility at 780.361.4436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a non-emergency snow or ice removal concern, please submit a request using our Citizen Reporting Tool. If residents want to share their thoughts on the levels of service provided by the City, please reach out directly to City Council.