1,527 miles of bladed roads are divided into:
- 10 summer maintenance areas (approx. 120 - 160 miles/area);
- 10 winter maintenance areas (approx. 120 - 150 miles/area);
- Field access roads are not maintained on a regular basis in the winter.
There are 151 miles of Secondary roads in the County, which are maintained by Emcon Services Inc., on behalf of the Province.
County gravel roads are maintained by 10 graders. Grader operators are able to blade approximately 18 - 25 miles/day; these roads should receive maintenance once per month. Specific heavy traffic routes have an increased maintenance cycle.
Roadways are cleared of snow as necessary. During normal winter conditions, County gravel roads should be cleared of snow within 4 days, unless there is heavy snow and persistent winds.
If reduced visibility becomes a safety concern, snow plowing operations will be suspended until conditions improve.
In each maintenance area, three routes are established. When snow plowing is required, the starting point is rotated between routes to ensure that an equitable level of services is provided. Regular work hours are 8 - 12 hours per day.
Spare graders may be utilized to help during winter storms.
Two plow trucks are designated to remove snow and apply sand/salt to oil and paved surface roads. Two graders are allocated for snow and ice removal on MG 30 roads.
Back roads or blind roads will not be plowed unless deemed necessary by Public Works.
PRIVATE LANEWAY MAINTENANCE
The service of snowplowing and grading is available for residents laneways. The landowner is required to sign a Private Laneway Service Agreement. County staff is required to conduct an Occupational Health & Safety Inspection/Hazard Assessment prior to any work being completed. This process must be completed on an annual basis. Services to the public will be conducted after all scheduled road maintenance is completed on gravel, oil and paved surface roads. A fee of $65/half hour (half hour minimum charge) or $130/hour will be charged for this service. Please contact the Public Works Department in the fall for further details regarding this service.
HAMLET STREET MAINTENANCE/REPAIR
Includes snow removal, crack filling, repairing potholes, sidewalk maintenance, and street sweeping.
BRIDGE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
Bridge maintenance includes deck sweeping, vegetation control, beaver dam removal, replacement of bridge decking, guardrails, and hazard markers. This maintenance preserves the capital asset and contributes to safe crossings. The bridges within the County are inspected and analyzed on a five-year cycle for major deficiencies and a three-year bridge plan is established for major repairs and replacement.
In 2013, the Province of Alberta eliminated the Government Approved Programs (GAP) funding. GAP funding was provided for replacement and major repairs of bridge structures and culverts exceeding 1,000 mm in diameter.
The funding of these bridge projects was then the responsibility of the County. With consideration to the financial implications of no GAP funding, a Three-Year Bridge Plan was established and approved.
Starting in 2017, the Province of Alberta initiated the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) funding. STIP provides financial assistance to rural and small municipalities for developing and maintaining key transportation infrastructure.
The Local Road Bridge Program (LRB) is a component of the STIP Program and provides funding to improve existing bridge structures and culverts.
Funding is provided to municipalities on a cost-share basis between the province and municipality. All applications are reviewed on a competitive basis province wide.
The following Bridge Work is scheduled for 2018:
BF#72018- NW 16-43-10-W4 (Rge Rd 103 northwest of Hardisty)
- Bridge Repairs: Structural repairs to bridge timbers and girders.
BF#7717 - SW 06-46-13-W4 (Twp Rd 460 north of Killam)
- Bridge Repairs: Replace girders.
BF#6703 - NE 07-44-10-W4 (Twp Rd 442 northeast of Lougheed)
- Bridge Repairs: Repairs to bridge timbers and girders
BF#8318 - NW 14-43-10-W4 (Rge Rd 101 north of Hardisty)
- Bridge Repairs: Repairs to timbers.
Bridge Work scheduled for 2019:
BF#8983 - E 27-44-11-W4 (Rge Rd 112 north of Lougheed)
- Bridge Repairs: Assessment being completed in 2017.
BF#6992 - E 13-43-10-W4 (Rge Rd 100 north of Hardisty)
- Bridge Repairs: Level 2 coring being completed in 2017.
This process increases the level of safety by increasing sight lines and the contouring of ditches and backslopes. Brushing and mulching provides landowners an opportunity to control brush growth adjacent to road allowances. This service is provided to landowners upon request and as equipment and resources become available as the same resources are utilized in gravel production and reclamation programs.
Brushing on road allowances is not permitted without authorization from the County.
View Procedure: PW001-1 Brushing/Backsloping for more information.
Approaches located within the road's right-of-way are under the direction, control and management of Flagstaff County and as such Public Works retains the authority to approve the installation of new approaches. In the interest of the public safety, approval will only be granted where the requested location is considered practical and ensures that all approaches are constructed in accordance with County standards.
View Procedure: PW 004-1 Approaches for more information.
Oil and gas companies must submit an application in a form of a letter along with a site survey plan and must be accompanied by a $250 inspection/administration fee. Where access is required off of a partially or undeveloped road allowance, the applicant is required to enter into the appropriate Road Use/Construction Agreement – see PW 006-1 Resource Industry Access.
ROAD SIDE CLEAN UP
Landowners are not to dump rocks and debris in the County right-of-way. This debris causes hazards in the right-of-way. The landowner will be responsible for the clean up of any new rock piles found.
Ditches within our County right-of-ways on developed and partially developed road allowances will be periodically cleared of debris such as rocks, garbage, and dead trees.
All signs are inspected on an ongoing basis. Any signs requiring maintenance are prioritized and scheduled for repair or replacement.
Culvert maintenance includes replacement, cleaning, thawing, repairs to damaged ends, and the addition of extensions. All culverts are replaced and diameters are increased where required to improve water flow. New culverts are installed under new construction projects and may be replaced on road recovery projects.
New culvert and couplers are available for sale to landowners for the use in approaches on road allowances or to local municipalities. Used culverts are also available for sale at half the purchase price, sizes will vary depending upon availability.
The Public Works Department provides administration and maintenance services for the Flagstaff Regional Airport.
REPORTING ISSUES OR INFORMATION
Please contact Public Works Administration at 780-384-4123 with any issue or information regarding:
- A plugged culvert where drainage is a concern or to purchase culverts;
- To report a sign that has been vandalized, missing, or faded;
- Bridge concerns;
- If you require any type of access or brushing/backsloping/mulching on a road allowance;
- Information on constructing an approach.