Winter Maintenance

Winter Maintenance Routines

If you are in need of assistance, please click to access the Camrose Directory Residential Snow Removal List.  

Camrose County Grader Operators will plow driveways on a fee for service basis.  The County will clear driveways a maximum of 4 times per year at a cost of $40.00 per time (2017 rate).  Residents who wish to purchase driveway plowing can do so by contacting the Public Works Department at 780-672-4449. 

For further information please see the Snowplowing Guidelines Policy #17.25.

Snow Plowing Guidelines

  • For graders, priority will be to plow all weather county roads, in the most efficient, economical, and fair method possible, as determined by the grader operator.
  • At the request of Urban Municipality Public Works Foreman or Administrator in writing or by fax, to the Camrose County Public Works Department, and under the protection of a Save/Hold Harmless Agreement, County Grader Operators will be allowed to snowplow, all or in part that Urban Municipality when and only after Camrose County roads have been snow plowed, and to be charged at the rate specified in the Fee for Service Bylaw.  In addition when deemed necessary by the Grader Operator, those streets within the Urban Municipality that are normally used by the grader when traveling to and from the grader shed located in that Urban Municipality; at no cost to that urban municipality.

Snow Plowing Procedure - Normal Snow Conditions

Definition: Normal Conditions - Less than Eight Inches (8") of snow in the Grader Operators area and winds less than 25 km/hr (15 Mph)

  • Normal snow removal operations will proceed as soon as snow ceases to fall and as soon as it is safe to do so in the opinion of the grader operator in the area. This is to eliminate numerous passes on previously plowed roads, and reduce fleet fuel consumption.
  • Normal snow removal operations will proceed as per the "Snow Plowing Guidelines".
  • Grader Operators are to open up roads in the most efficient configuration for their area keeping in mind plowing priorities, fuel consumption, and minimal high blade travel. It takes generally 4 - 5 days for the Grader Operators to open up all of their roads. The Operators being in a new area each time to ensure fairness.

Snow Plowing Procedure - Adverse Conditions

Definition: Adverse Conditions - Greater than Eight Inches (8") of snow in the Grader Operators area and/or winds greater than 25 km/hr (15 Mph)

  • Snow removal operations in Adverse Conditions will proceed as soon as it is safe to do so in the opinion of the grader operator in the area.
  • Snow removal operations in Adverse Conditions will proceed as per the "Snow Plowing Guidelines" and making them only passable.
  • Salt and sand applications on paved roads as needed.

Residents are reminded that it may take up to 3-5 days before all roadways are plowed under normal snow fall conditions.  All residents should be prepared with your Basic Emergency Kit.

Basic emergency kit

  • Water – at least two liters of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
  • Food that won’t spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
  • Manual can-opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Candles and matches or lighter (remember to place candles in sturdy containers and to put them out before going to sleep)
  • Battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travelers cheques are also useful) and change for pay-phones
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information.

For more information please visit -  http://www.aema.alberta.ca/documents/72hrEMPreparedness.pdf

Driveway Plowing Safety