"Shoulder pulling" involves literally bringing up the material along the sides of the roads up to and including the ditch bottom, watering and re-compacting the material to reshape and restore the crown of the road, reshaping the side slope and bringing the road back to Its proper width, as well as cleaning the ditch.
Camrose County was able to cut shoulder pulling costs by over 40% and reduce the time that roads were being worked on by 80% by hiring a private company that specialize in the service. This has increased the amount of roads that are shoulder pulled in a year at a lower cost to residents. It has also reduced the amount of time that roads are out of commission as the shoulder pulling time is much lower.
Shoulder pulling is a much more economical way of approaching road repair. The original purpose of this road maintenance procedure was to repair an existing constructed or rebuilt road that was pushed out over time and bring it back to its original specifications. However, the current program has been extended to improve “black dirt” roads which deteriorate more quickly due to the materials in the road.
2022 Shoulder Pull Projects
2022: Council approved the 2022 shoulder pull program. For this year a total of 20 miles will be completed by Re-Call Gravel Systems Ltd.