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Transportation

Phone: 403-938-4372 Fax: 403-938-2784
Email: transportation@okotoks.ca

The town's transportation system consists of a network of 75 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.
 
Street Cleaning
Street Sweeping

As we progress with our Spring street cleaning program, we wish to ask for the public’s patience while we continue to remove record amounts of gravel left over on our roads following our record breaking winter. Due to recent spring snow storms, our crews have had to re-prioritize our street cleaning programs accordingly which can lead to unplanned delays in our cleaning efforts. In order to expedite our cleaning program, we have engaged day and nighttime shifts for our crews while also employing contractors to assist.

The street cleaning process typically occurs over several days on the same routes and can also occur on routes where garbage collection is scheduled for the same day. While we try to avoid these situations, when this does occur, Transportation crews will focus their cleaning efforts on the centre of the roadway initially. This avoids conflicts with road cleaning equipment and garbage and recycling bins. Crews return to sweep the parking lanes when the bins are removed.

Our street cleaning crews also generally start their cleaning programs early in the morning and often times encounter parked vehicles along their scheduled cleaning routes. When these situations are encountered, our crews will focus their initial cleaning efforts on the centre of the road to avoid conflicts with any parked vehicles. This also gives our residents time to move their vehicles when they observe the sweeper in the area. Crews will then return to sweep the parking lanes once the parked cars are removed.

Our Transportation crews pride themselves in ensuring our roads are adequately cleaned of debris before we move on to the next route. We continue to appreciate the public’s understanding in our ongoing efforts.


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. 

  • Downtown, including paved lanes
  • Rosemount/Central Heights 
  • Cimarron/Cimarron Meadows/Cimarron Grove/Cimarron Springs/Cimarron Vista
  • Drake Landing/Air Ranch
  • Westridge/Westfall/Westmount
  • Suntree/Suntree Heights
  • Tower Hill
  • Sandstone
  • Sheer River
  • Crystalridge/Crystal Shores/Crystal Green
  • Woodhaven/Hunters Glen
  • Downey Ridge
Main Collectors and Secondary's -  the following routes are cleaned during the Transportation Operators' night shift:  
  • Elizabeth Street from Northridge Drive to Centre Avenue
  • McRae Street from Centre Avenue to McRae Street- North Railway Intersection
  • North Railway Street to East Town Limits
  • Crystalridge Drive from North Railway to Downey Road
  • Centre Avenue
  • Riverside Gate/Drive – South Railway
  • Milligan Drive from Northridge Drive to Drake Landing Loop
  • Banister Gate
  • 32nd Street
  • Southridge/Northridge Drive from 338 to Highway 7 
  • Industrial Park
  • Okotoks Recreation Complex /Centennial Arena
  • Library/Town Office/Gallery/Museum Parking Lots
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

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.

SETTLING PONDS

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

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.

SITE MONITORING

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.

Roadways Snow Removal

After a major snowfall, please remove vehicles from the street to facilitate snow removal.

Snow Removal Routes (562 KB)   Adobe
Sanding Map (527 KB)  Adobe

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.” 

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.
Snow Removal Pathways & Sidewalks Priority Routes (2 MB)   Adobe

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.

Pothole Patching
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.

Crack filling
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
Line painting is completed after the crack filling and is usually finished by late summer. Signs are posted indicating traffic diversions as the paint dries.

Lane Repairs
Lanes are graded early in the spring after the snow melts and ongoing repairs occur through the summer as required. Residents are requested to avoid parking vehicles and trailers in back lanes to ensure equipment can properly grade and pack lanes. Most lanes have “inverted swales” and must be groomed properly to provide adequate drainage for the area.

Street Repairs
From April to September, the Transportation Team completes repairs to Town sidewalks, curbs, streets and boulevards that were excavated by the Utilities Team in late fall and winter when the soil conditions made permanent repairs impossible. Affected residents will be notified in advance prior to these repairs and street resurfacing projects.

Boulevard & Park Cleaning
During the spring, boulevards and parks are washed down to remove debris from winter sanding operations.

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.