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Phone: 403-938-4372 Fax: 403-938-2784
The town's transportation system consists of a network of 150 kms (and ever-expanding) of open roadways of which roughly 85% are paved surfaces. Snow and ice removal activities in the winter months and pavement repairs and maintenance activities in the summer are the major components of the Transportation group.
Town Snow Clearing Efforts
When a snow event occurs, priority and secondary routes are first priority for snow clearing / sanding activities. The Town’s priority and secondary routes are roads in the town which carry the largest volumes of vehicles and serve as main arteries within the Town’s overall road network. These routes see several thousand vehicle trips on any given day and are necessary to maintain in order to allow for safe mobility of traffic and essential services. The initial response is to clear the driving lanes by pushing the snow to the side along the route. This process inevitably leaves behind a windrow of snow along the side of the road which in some cases can be quite large depending on the magnitude of the snow event. We acknowledge that these windrows can make it challenging in some areas for vehicles go in and out of their driveway. Next, the crews return to these routes to widen them out further while attempting to remove and knock down any windrows within intersections. The grader follows up to help reduce the windrows within intersections. Loaders may also be deployed to widen out intersections especially in locations where snow has been piled up at crosswalks.
For specific site inquiries, residents are encouraged to contact Operations at 403-938-4372. Inquiries when received are logged, investigated, and prioritized accordingly.
Roadways Snow Removal
After a major snowfall, please remove vehicles from the street to facilitate snow removal.
Residents' Snow Removal Responsibilities
Snow clearing on sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. Where sidewalks border parks, the Town provides the snow removal. Where sidewalks border businesses and residences, the private property owner is responsible. Sidewalks not cleaned may be subject to a fine.
The excerpt from Traffic Bylaw 10-10, Schedule A is as follows: “All persons within the Town of Okotoks shall remove and clean away, as soon as possible, and in any case within 24 hours, all snow, ice, dirt or debris and other obstructions from the sidewalk adjoining the premises owned or occupied by them.”
Also stated within the Trafic Bylaw 10-10, residents are reminded that pushing snow onto roadways is a practice which is not allowed. "No person shall leave, store or deposit or permit to accumulate on any street or sidewalk any article or thing that may be dangerous or in any way interfere with the proper use of the street or sidewalk or interrupt the free flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic, nor shall any waste paper, debris, or things be left on any street, lane, highway, sidewalk or public place in the Town of Okotoks.
There have been some inquires about Traffic Bylaw 10-10 relating to resident responsibilities for snow removal and why pushing snow onto roadways is not permitted. There are many reasons for this, including potential danger to pedestrians and vehicles who must navigate the snow/ice mounds created on the sidewalks and streets by residents. We encourage all residents to use their available property to store snow from their driveway and sidewalk. This snow is very useful for lawns and trees as it protects them from our harsh winter conditions and provides moisture.
For information contact Municipal Enforcement at 403-938-8913 or Operations at 403-938-4372.
Okotoks Pathway System Snow Removal
The Town of Okotoks pathway system consists of primary and secondary pathways. Primary pathways (red) are main pedestrian corridors that collect from a series of secondary pathways (black) to facilitate pedestrian movement from residential to commercial areas. Okotoks Town Council has determined that primary pathways will receive snow clearing as part of an overall pathway strategy to improve pedestrian movement year round.
A friendly reminder about snow safety:
Please keep children from playing on or in snow piles that have accumulated around Town. Town crews have found a few piles of snow where kids have been tunneling them out. Snow piles are unstable and there is a danger of them collapsing. There are also concerns of children sliding down to the road and into traffic.
Don’t forget about our 8 outdoor skating rinks and 4 tobogganing hills located on public lands throughout town. These amenities are free for public use and a great way to keep your family safe while staying active during winter. The tobogganing hills are inspected for hazards but are not groomed. Helmet use while sledding and skating is strongly recommended.
Warmer Weather & Snow Melting
Currently our Transportation workers are steaming frozen catch basins in a prioritized manner. Residents are advised if they notice any larger puddles in their travels, to call Transportation at 403-938-4372 as they have been prioritizing them accordingly. The Transportation team was out over the weekend and for the most part stayed ahead of things.Snow Stockpiled Against Foundations
Avoid any seepage issues with your home. It is good practice for homeowners this time of year to check all sides of their homes and remove any stockpiled snow against foundations - especially snow stockpiled near basement window wells. North and east sides of homes will be the worst (little winter sun exposure). We are in the middle of the freeze thaw cycles now and if snow can be pulled away from foundations and placed in more open sun exposure areas within their property will certainly help with melting and runoff.
Town of Okotoks’ Snow Storage Facility
As we continue to dig out from record breaking snow events, we would like to provide more information to the public about the Town of Okotoks’ snow storage facility and its site characteristics.
The current location of the Town’s snow storage facility is on the NW corner of the intersection of 32 St. and Stockton Av. Snow which is being removed by the Town of Okotoks is being hauled to and stockpiled at this location. The location is strategically located as it provides for easy access to main access routes which ultimately leads to reduced hauling times when snow is being hauled to the site from all locations within the Town.
Our snow storage facility has been designed and constructed based on the following guidelines:
GRADING AND SITE BASE
The snow storage facility has been pre-graded to ensure positive drainage occurs in the direction towards containment structures and catch basin locations. It has also been graded so that runoff from outlying areas does not enter the site.
Containment structures such as earthen berms and compacted subgrades have been constructed on the site to contain melt water before it is allowed to enter the storm drainage system. These on site earth berms or sumps minimize and allow contaminants to settle before melt water leaves the site.
Once melt water has passed through onsite containment features, it then enters the storm drainage system through catch basins or storm grates which are located immediately adjacent the site. Melt water then travels through underground pipes that discharge into a nearby storm water treatment facility (storm pond). The storm pond provides further treatment of melt water before the water enters the Sheep River. Catch basins and storm grates adjacent the snow storage facility are monitored continuously to ensure they remain clear and unobstructed during melting periods.
Stockpiled snow is shaped with dozers to maximize sun light exposure which facilitates melting. This is accomplished by ensuring longer gradual slopes on the stockpile are south facing to maximize afternoon sun exposure which will ensure a relatively rapid melt. Melting waste snow is somewhat unsightly in appearance and therefore the faster it melts the less of an eyesore it will be. A faster melt period will also permit the ground to dry much quicker.
The snow storage facility is continuously monitored for safety reasons. The facility is not accessible to the public or private contractors due to on-going repair work we are engaged with as well as storage limitations. Side slopes of stockpiled snow are watched closely by our Transportation crews and runoff is monitored regularly to ensure no adverse impacts occur to adjacent properties around the site when melting is occurring.
Any further questions or inquiries can be directed to Town of Okotoks Operations at (403) 938-4372.
The Town of Okotoks Transportation Team cleans boulevards, paved streets and lanes to remove debris left from winter sanding operations, the trap lows at the catch basins and mud tracked onto streets after rainstorms on a year-round basis (weather dependent).
Street Cleaning Signs will be placed at the main intersections of a residential area during spring clean up which is scheduled to begin weather permitting mid-April until the end of June. If you see a street sweeping sign as you enter your neighborhood, even if it is not particularly on your street, that means the Town of Okotoks is in your residential area and your vehicles must be off the street from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Larger subdivisions are broken down into smaller area's as noted below.
You can assist the Town by removing your vehicle from the street before the sweepers arrive and by sweeping gravel off your sidewalk and driveway. Please remove ramps or other obstructions from the gutter in front of your driveway to allow the sweeper to properly clean the gutter.
Below is the street sweeping schedule in prioritized order, being managed in two shifts (day and night).
Residential Communities - the following routes are cleaned during the Transportation Operators' day shift.
Main Collectors and Secondary's - the following routes are cleaned during the Transportation Operators' night shift:
Repairs are completed as quickly as possible, however, potholes may develop after a rainstorm or as the frost comes out of the ground. To report a pothole within the Town, please contact the Town of Okotoks Operations Centre at 403-938-4372.
Each spring before line painting is completed, cracks in the paved surfaces are refilled with a cold pour tar compound. Signs are posted indicating wet tar. Motorists are advised to drive slowly to avoid getting tar on their vehicles. The cold pour tar takes approximately ½ hour to harden.
Line & Crosswalk Painting
Boulevard & Park Cleaning
Sidewalks & Curb Repairs
From the beginnings of May to the end of September, curbs and sidewalks identified by the Transportation Division as a hazard are repaired. Attention is given to those sidewalks that have failed and have trip edges.