Snow and Ice Control

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Operational Services provides snow and ice control services to help to ensure the safety of residents and vehicles along Town roads. An effective snow and ice control program is necessary to allow the municipality to function under normal winter weather conditions, to reduce snow and ice hazards, and to provide reasonable winter mobility on Town infrastructure including roadways, sidewalks and pathways. More information can be found in the Snow and Ice Control Policy.

Snow plowing and priority route map

Residential and commercial snow removal

Click to view the downtown snow removal map
Click to view the downtown snow removal map

All residential and commercial properties in High River are subject to the Town’s Snow Removal Bylaw 3622/89, meaning that snow must be cleared from pathways and sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall.

This bylaw applies only to residential and commercial properties outside of the downtown area as the Town has assumed temporary responsibility for ensuring that all sidewalks in the downtown area will remain clear of snow for the season.

Residential and commercial property owners outside of the downtown area are reminded that they are responsible for having sidewalks cleared regardless of whether their property is occupied, vacant or is an unoccupied distressed property.

If property owners cannot remove snow on sidewalks adjacent to their property in accordance with the bylaw, they are encouraged to make alternate arrangements with friends, neighbours or contractors.

Downtown snow removal

Council has directed administration to begin clearing downtown sidewalks after every snowfall in order to maintain access to businesses in this area. This includes Macleod Trail from 1 Avenue to 6 Avenue S.W., 1 Street S.W. from 1 Avenue up to 7 Avenue S.W. and along both sides of 3, 4 and 5 avenues S.W.

Windrows

Snow is plowed to the sides and away from the driving and parking lanes along an identified route.  This process inevitably creates windrows or piles of snow along the side of the road.  While Town crews do their best to minimize heights of windrows along the sides of the road, windrows can be problematic for driveways adjacent to a snow cleared route.  Windrows are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner to push to the sides of the driveway. Read more about windrows by clicking on the below titles:

Crews must maintain the driving lane on Priority 1, 2, & 3 routes to a safe, reasonable winter driving condition in accordance with the Town’s approved Snow and Ice Control Policy. Crews do this by “flat-blading,” so it is easier to drive on. Flat-blading causes a build-up of snow along the side of a roadway, also known a windrow.  While this is good for motorists, the snow left over after crews have flat-bladed can create some extra work for property owners.

The clearing of windrows in front of driveways left by snow plowing equipment is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner, much like sidewalk shoveling. Plow operators make every attempt to keep driveways clear or keep windrows as small as possible, but any spillage that does occur is the responsibility of the property owner.

Town crews do their best to keep windrows small by evenly distributing the snow on either side of the road, however, after heavy snowfalls, windrows can build up. Under extreme circumstances, windrows will be removed in accordance with the Town’s approved Snow and Ice Control Policy.

For additional information regarding windrows or the Town’s approved Snow and Ice Control Policy, please contact Operational Services at 403-652-4657.