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

Street Maintenance Map Book

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 areas not affected by the flood, electronic message boards will be posted at the entrance of neighbourhoods and no parking signs will be placed 48 hours in advance at the location of street sweeping activities. The signs give residents advance notification so you can plan ahead to find temporary alternative parking.

Community members are asked to help clean their neighbourhood streets by respecting these no parking signs and moving their vehicles. By doing so, crews will be able to sweep the entire street, curb-to-curb, instead of sweeping around cars. 

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 time frame and can change due to weather conditions or operational ability. 


Flood affected areas 

In areas impacted by the flood, temporary signs will not be used as street sweeping and cleaning is occurring in locations that are accessible for crews and equipment. Sweeping in these areas is needed to support the flushing of storm sewers, minimizing the risk of flooding occurring during rainfall. Where possible, community members are asked to keep the street in front of their home or business clear to assist the cleaning process in their neighbourhoods. At this time, no parking signs are not being used in areas affected by the flood.  

Parking Tickets – Notice of Violation

To assist flood recovery efforts and support COVID-19 preventive measures, street sweeping this year will be done without the ticketing or towing process. Community members are asked to help clean their neighbourhood streets by following signage and keeping them accessible so crews have room to clean the entire street. 

Tips about street sweeping

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.

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?

For more information, residents can also call Pulse at 780-743-7000, toll free at 1-800-973-9663 or online at rmwb.ca/pulse


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. 

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, 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. 

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