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Sidewalk Snow & Ice Clearing

Sidewalks adjacent to commercial or residential properties must be cleared by the owners, occupants or tenants within 48 hours after a snowfall.

Keeping our sidewalks and pathways clear and safe for pedestrians is a priority for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, but residents should be aware that this is a shared responsibility.

Public Works takes care of winter maintenance on sidewalks and trails that border municipal-owned land. Certain routes will be prioritized, starting with sidewalks bordering schools and Emergency facilities (Fire Halls and RCMP). Sidewalks along Primary and Secondary Routes such as Confederation Way, Thickwood Boulevard and parts of Franklin Avenue will be cleaned next, followed by parts of the city’s extensive trail system.

Groups that use the trails during the winter (such as the Ptarmigan Ski Club) assist with grooming duties.

Sidewalks adjacent to commercial or residential properties must be cleared by the owners, occupants or tenants within 48 hours after a snowfall.

Snow placed on sidewalks by municipal equipment during winter maintenance operations will be cleared by the Public Works team.

Residents are responsible for clearing snow in their driveways, including the windrow at the end of their driveway. This approach has been modelled on best-practices from other municipalities in Alberta.

If a property has any kind of building adjacent to or erected within three metres of any highway or public place, accumulated snow or ice on the roof or eaves that poses a danger must be immediately removed with due precaution taken to warn and protect passersby. If any premises has an awning extending to any degree over a highway, it must be kept free of snow and ice; if water does drip from the awing, the owner/occupant/tenant must clean it up to prevent ice from forming.

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