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Street Sweeping Begins April 26

Maps

Road Maintenance Priorities: Identify Primary and Secondary routes. [Click below for map book PDF]

Street Maintenance Map Book

Impound Yard: Located by the Water Treatment Plant off Silin Forest Road.
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Map: Street Maintenance Impound Yard

[Map above as a printable PDF]

Did you know that our roads crews maintain all municipal streets throughout the year? Whether crews are plowing in the winter or sweeping in the spring and summer, they rely on the cooperation of residents to remove their vehicles from streets. With your help, crews can do their work more efficiently to make the streets clean and safe for residents all year round.

No Parking – Watch for the Signs

In Fort McMurray, electronic message boards are placed in areas scheduled for sweeping approximately seven days prior to beginning the work, so residents have advance notification and can plan ahead to find temporary alternative parking. Residents are advised to watch these electronic message boards for updates.

Temporary street maintenance signs are also placed in the areas to be swept a minimum of 48 hours before sweeping begins. Forty-eight hours after signage has been placed, crews will enter the area to start the work. Crews will then have 48 hours to sweep the area.

If signs are removed, the clock will start again when the signs are replaced, and the 48 hour countdown will begin again before crews sweep the area.

The 48 hour window is a general timeframe and can change due to weather conditions or operational ability.

Tips about street sweeping

Residents are reminded that street maintenance signage falls under the Roads and Transportation Bylaw No. 02/079. Vehicles parked in posted street maintenance areas could be ticketed and towed.

Dry conditions are necessary for street sweeping. If conditions change and service is delayed, No-Parking signage will be removed and replaced when crews are ready to return.

Always check for signs indicating when road maintenance will start on your street.

Tip for safety – Don’t get caught in the dust

Please proceed with caution when driving behind or passing a street sweeper or other road equipment. Give them ample room to operate as dust may reduce visibility. Please also watch for signage on the rear of equipment. Your cooperation will help keep everyone safe.

Thanks for steering clear

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo thanks residents for their cooperation. As street sweeping is expected to affect each area for only a brief period, your cooperation will assist crews to perform their work quickly and minimize any inconvenience.

Don’t get ticketed and towed

Temporary No Parking signs are posted in areas to be swept to ensure vehicles are out of the way to allow for equipment to access roadways and do the work.

Residents are reminded that they are responsible for complying with all parking regulation. Parking tickets and towing fees are the responsibility of the vehicle owner.

Street maintenance sign

Parking Tickets – Notice of Violation

As per the Roads and Transportation Bylaw No. 02/079, vehicles parked in posted street maintenance areas could be ticketed and towed to the impound yard.

Ticketing (Notice of Violation) for parking in a posted street maintenance zone falls under the Municipal bylaws and is enforced by Municipal Law Enforcement.

Parking violation fines: $120, which can be paid by visiting municipal cashiers at Jubilee Centre (9909 Franklin Avenue) or Timberlea Landing Building (309 Powder Drive), Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Towing and Impound Information

For any questions regarding towing or impound information, please contact Pulse at 780-743-7000 or Pulse Online at rmwb.ca/pulse.

Street Sweeping in Rebuild Areas

In every area where a contractor or builder is working on a home damaged or destroyed in the 2016 Horse River Wildfire, the contractor is responsible for keeping streets clean and clear of mud and debris. The same applies in areas where new construction is taking place.

Rebuild efforts will be happening in areas around the following communities:

  • Abasand
  • Beacon Hill
  • Waterways
  • Stone Creek
  • Wood Buffalo

Bylaw Services, Development Compliance Officers and Safety Codes Officers will be working with contractors to make sure they are following the guidelines outlined in their Development Permits that require the permit holders to “be responsible for the cleanup and removal of substances or materials tracked on the street resulting from the development and construction” on their site.

Contractors are reminded they are working in residential neighbourhoods and they are required to be considerate of the people already living in these areas. Clean-up work as required in their permits must be done throughout the development and construction process.

Motorists in these areas may be asked to cooperate with contractors by moving their vehicles to ensure clean up can be completed.

For other locations within the rebuild areas, the Municipality has hired a contractor to remove additional dirt and mud created by rebuild-related activities on an as-needed basis. In areas unaffected by the wildfire, street sweeping crews will complete their work as part of their regular operations. Residents, contractors and visitors are reminded of their responsibility to observe any posted signage as all motorists are responsible for complying with parking regulation as set out in the Roads and Transportation Bylaw No. 02/079.

Vehicles parked in an area with active No-Parking signage could be ticketed and towed to an impound yard. Parking tickets and towing fees are the responsibility of the vehicle owner.

Street sweeping operations are intended to enhance safety and cleanliness for residents. Rebuild will not be delayed by street maintenance.

Rural Sweeping

Work is anticipated to begin in early June in the rural communities pending weather conditions. As street profiles are different in the rural communities, sweeping crews do not need to work around on-street parking. Signage will not be placed in the rural communities and motorists will not need to adjust their parking practices for street sweeping service.

Have questions?

Contact the Roads Hotline at 780-743-7859 for more information. Residents can also call Pulse at 780-743-7000 on evenings, weekends and holidays, or visit Pulse Online at rmwb.ca/pulse.

FAQs

Q: How often will my street be swept?

A: Street sweeping is an annual ongoing process that is performed in the spring after snow has melted and typically ends in the autumn before snow falls. Individual areas and neighbourhoods are typically affected for only a few days each summer. Cooperation from residents will assist crews to perform their work quickly and minimize any inconvenience.

Q: I rely on on-street parking. What are my other options?

A: When you see electronic signage posted in your neighbourhood with street sweeping notification, it’s time to make temporary arrangements to park your vehicle in a different area if necessary. Parking alternatives include driveways, garages, or even try sharing a parking space with a neighbour or friend. Additional parking can be found in Public Parking Lots around Fort McMurray. Residents are reminded to check signage in public parking lots and that overnight parking is not permitted.

On-street parking may also be available along Primary and Secondary routes when crews are sweeping residential streets. Road crews begin the season by sweeping Primary and Secondary routes throughout Fort McMurray before sweeping in residential neighbourhoods. Review the Road Maintenance Priorities map to locate these routes in your area.

  • Primary Routes include Thickwood Boulevard, Confederation Way, the downtown business area (Morrison Street, Hardin Street), Franklin Avenue, Hospital Street and MacKenzie Boulevard.
  • Secondary Routes include school zones, urban transit routes and main accesses to neighbourhoods.
  • Residential Streets include lightly trafficked streets that are mainly built up on both sides with a mix of residential and local facilities (Birch Road, Diefenbaker Drive, Hillcrest Drive).

Watch for signage along these routes, as other parking restrictions may apply.

Q: It looks like my street has already been swept. Can I park on my street if there are No Parking signs still posted?

A: No. Residents are responsible to obey any No Parking signage posted to avoid being ticketed or towed. Your street may appear to have been swept, but further maintenance may be required.

Q: Why does the Municipality no longer provide courtesy towing services during street sweeping?

A: In the past, courtesy towing services (towing vehicles around the corner) had been provided by the Municipality. This process, however, is no longer feasible in the long term, as it is a costly burden on taxpayers. To be more fiscally responsible with tax dollars, towing fees have been shifted to the individual vehicle owner rather than all taxpayers.

Q: Can I park in my alleyway when there are No Parking signs posted in my neighbourhood?

A: No, you cannot. As per our Roads and Transportation Bylaw No. 02/079, parking in alleyways is not permitted in order to provide access for emergency response vehicles.

Q: It’s raining today. Will street sweepers still enter my neighbourhood?

A: Weather can sometimes change timelines for street sweeping, but it is residents’ responsibility to obey any No Parking signage posted in the area to avoid being ticketed or towed.

Q: Can I park on my street at night if No Parking signage has been posted?

A: It is residents’ responsibility to obey any No Parking signage posted to avoid being ticketed or towed.

Q: Will street sweepers be working in my neighbourhood at night?

A: Crews avoid working in residential areas at night, though they may work at night along Primary and Secondary routes based on location and necessity.

Q: I’m going on vacation for a few weeks. Can I park my vehicle on the street while I’m away?

A: Residents will need find alternative parking rather than park on the street if they will be out of town for a period of time. It is residents’ responsibility to obey any No Parking signage posted to avoid being ticketed or towed, even while they are away.

Q: I live in a rebuild area and have some concerns about mud and debris on my street. Whom should I call?

A: Call Pulse at 780-743-7000 or visit Pulse Online at rmwb.ca/pulse to report any concerns about mud and debris, or any other issues related to rebuild activities. Residents can also send an email to recovery@rmwb.ca.

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