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Street Sweeping Begins April 26

Maps

Road Maintenance Priorities: Identify Primary, Secondary and Tertiary 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]

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo cleans the streets throughout the year. Whether crews are hauling snow in the winter or sweeping during the remaining seasons, they rely on the cooperation of residents removing their vehicles from streets about to be cleaned. In Fort McMurray, electronic message boards are placed in areas scheduled for sweeping seven days prior to beginning the work, giving residents advance notification. Residents are advised to watch these electronic message boards for updates.

Temporary No Parking signs then are put in the areas to be swept a minimum of 48 hours prior to the start of the operation. Once the 48-hour point is reached, crews have 48 hours to complete the job in that area.

Note: These are general time frames and that they can change due to weather conditions or operational ability. Always check for signs indicating when road maintenance will start on your street.

Please proceed cautiously when driving behind or passing a street sweeper, giving them ample room to operate as dust may reduce visibility.

Have a question about street sweeping? Contact the Roads Hotline at 780-743-7859 for more information.

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, cooperation from residents will assist crews to perform their work quickly and minimize any inconvenience.

No Parking – Watch for the Signs

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 active No Parking areas could be ticketed and towed to the impound yard located on Silin Forest Rd. next to the Water Treatment Plant.

Ticketing (Notice of Violation) for parking in a No Parking 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

Towing services are provided by Mobster Mechanical, an independent third-party company.

Towing fees: $100 for cars, SUVs and pickups (quarter tons and half tons); $130 per hour for oversized vehicles such as one tons, tractor trailers/big rigs.

Storage fees: $30 per vehicle per day. Owners of towed vehicles will be charged $30 per vehicle per day starting on the day the vehicle is impounded. An additional $30 charge will be added at 7 a.m. each day until the vehicle is picked up.

Payment for towing and storage can be made through Mobster Mechanical.

Mobster Mechanical contact information:
Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Weekends and holidays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: 780-838-9595
Email: Towing@mobstermechanical.com

Rural Sweeping

Work is anticipated to begin in late May 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.

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, make arrangements in advance 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, Secondary and Tertiary routes when crews are sweeping residential streets. Road crews begin the season by sweeping Primary, Secondary and Tertiary routes throughout Fort McMurray before sweeping in residential neighbourhoods.

  • Primary Routes – include Thickwood Boulevard; Confederation Way; downtown business center (Morrison Street, Hardin Street); Franklin Avenue; Hospital Street; Abasand Hill, and MacKenzie Boulevard.
  • Secondary Routes – include school zones, urban transit routes and main access to neighbourhoods.
  • Tertiary Routes - have geometric or alignment features that require occasional service to improve road user safety, such as roads with steep narrow hills (Killdeer Way, Wolverine Drive, Rowan Street).
  • 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: My vehicle has been towed from a No Parking zone. Where is my vehicle and how much will it cost to retrieve it?

A: The fine for a Notice of Violation is $120 for parking in an active No Parking zone. In addition, vehicles will be towed to an impound lot located by the Water Treatment Plant off Silin Forest Road located on the west side of the Athabasca Bridge. Fees for towing and storage at the impound yard will depend on the size of the vehicle and how long it has been stored at the impound yard.

Mobster Mechanical, an independent third-party company, is performing towing services. The Municipality does not perform this function. Residents needing information about a towed vehicle can contact Mobster Mechanical directly.

Mobster Mechanical contact information:
Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Weekends and holidays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: 780-838-9595
Email: Towing@mobstermechanical.com

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, Secondary and Tertiary 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.

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