Roads & Street Maintenance

Maintenance of Highway 32 and 43

Maintenance of Highway 43 and Highway 32, and all intersections along these highways through Whitecourt is the responsibility of Alberta Infrastructure.

If you have concerns regarding maintenance, traffic signals, or safety along Highways 32 or 43 please contact Ledcor at 780-778-0008.

Maintenance of Local Streets and Roads

Please report broken traffic signals to the Town Office at 780-778-2273.

If you have questions regarding maintenance or safety of local roads and streets (excluding Highway 43 and 32) please contact the Infrastructure Services Department at 780-778-2273

Summer 2018 Construction projects

Closure of 42 Avenue on Wednesday, July 11:
To accommodate maintenance work at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre, 42 Avenue northbound will be closed between Highway 43 and Sunset Boulevard on Wednesday, July 11 between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.  The southbound lane on 42 Avenue to Sunset Boulevard will remain open to traffic. 

Slide repair on the hillside along Highway 43 – Closure of Hillside Trail from June 19 through July 6:

Kana Oilfield Service has been hired by Alberta Transportation to repair areas along the hillside of the south side of Highway 43 between 51 Street and Hospital Road.  To complete the repairs, Hillside Trail from Memorial Point west to 51 Street will be closed from June 19 through to July 19.   Signage and barricades will be placed along the trail.  Questions related to this project can be made to Irvin Fry, Site Supervisor, at 587-336-7073.

Street Improvement Program:

Base preparations for all 2018 Street improvement Program locations are complete, and paving will begin July 13.   Work will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.    Projects include rehabilitation of roadways, the extension and rehabilitation of the paved trail network, utility cut restoration and the Residential Driveway Replacement Program.  Knelsen Rock Products Ltd. will be completing the projects, and areas to be paved include:

  • 55 Avenue from 47 Street to Stephens Crescent - scheduled to start Saturday, July 14;
  • 48A Street from 53 Avenue to 47 Street - scheduled to start Saturday, July 14;
  • Graham Road from 47 Street to Wedow Drive - scheduled to start Tuesday, July 17;
  • Wedow Drive cul de sac and Pritchard Drive connector;
  • Kepler Street – north parking lane from 41 Street to east of 37 Avenue (east side of Dahl Drive);
  • Miscellaneous patching work along Dahl Drive;
  • Pot hole patching south of the Highway 43 and Govenlock Road intersection.

It is anticipated that paving will take a week to complete, weather permitting.  Residents should be aware there may be travel delays in the areas listed above, and are encouraged to use alternate routes when possible. Roads will remain open to traffic, and motorists are asked to obey all posted speed limits, and parking restrictions.

Crack Sealing Roads:

Whitecourt Infrastructure Services crews have begun sealing cracks in roads in downtown and residential areas.  Crews plan to complete the roadways in the valley area, and then will proceed to hilltop locations.

Pot Hole Patching:

As is typically the case, Whitecourt experienced temperature swings throughout the winter and spring season, which has created ideal conditions for the development of potholes.  Town of Whitecourt crews will begin pot hole patching at the end of June and work will be conducted over the summer.

Whitecourt Wide Area Network:

Installation and commissioning of fiber optic communication cable segments to connect several public facilities to Alberta SuperNet will begin soon.  Timelines for the project are as follows (weather depending):

  • July 15 to 20: Hilltop East Industrial Area – along 35 Street (from 35 Avenue to 37 Avenue) and along the north-east end of 37 Avenue

  • July 20 to 27: 37 Avenue – from approximately 37 Street to Highway 43

  • July 27 to August 7: Along the boulevard of Highway 43 (between the highway and Caxton Street) from 37 Avenue west to the Allan & Jean Millar Centre

Notices to businesses along the route will be provided by the contractor prior to construction starting.  

 

FortisAlberta Downtown Pole Replacement:

As part of Whitecourt’s Vitalization Plan, wood streetlight poles will be replaced with decorative Domus light fixtures throughout the downtown core.  Construction work will impact parking in the downtown, and residents are encouraged to follow the Town of Whitecourt Facebook page for information as it becomes available.

  • Street light bases and lights will be installed along 52 Avenue starting July 10 through to July 27. 52 Avenue, from 52 Street through to 50 Street (west of the Fire Hall, east to the United Church), will be impacted by the work. Crews will be temporarily closing and blocking sections of the sidewalk and parking areas along 52 Avenue as work progresses. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes when possible.

Highway 43 and Highway 32 Paving Projects:

Alberta Transportation has started construction work along Highway 43 between Highway 32 South junction and Highway 32 North junction. The paving project is expected to be complete by July 15, and work will be performed both day and night. Construction will take place in both east and westbound lanes.  Construction has also begun on a paving project along Highway 32 North between the north junction of Highway 43 and the Town of Swan Hills. Both projects are managed by Alberta Transportation, and details can be found on https://511.alberta.ca/

The Town of Whitecourt appreciates your understanding and patience throughout the summer construction season.  Regular updates on construction projects will be posted oon the Town’s Facebook page.

Snow & Ice Control

The Town of Whitecourt utilizes a variety of snow clearing and ice control methods to keep Whitecourt roads and walkways safe.

For current road plowing schedules and information go to our Facebook page

The Town's initial action is to spread sand at intersections and slippery locations.  This is followed by clearing (plowing), and removal of snow in limited areas.  These activities take place seven days a week, at all hours that staff and equipment are available.

Road and sidewalks are done in a priority order to maximize safe travel for the greatest number of users.

  • Major arterial roads and collector roadways, to give good access to within a few blocks of most areas and allow school bus operations.
  • Downtown business district, to allow owners time in advance to clean adjacent sidewalks.
  • Residential or local roadways.
  • Industrial roads.

For information on the current snow removal schedule and other road information, follow Whitecourt on Facebook.

Resources

Sidewalk Clearing Responsibilities

All property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their property before the first residential plowing by Town forces.

Once plowing begins, Town crews will plow snow onto sidewalks.  If Town forces place snow on sidewalks adjacent to your property, you are not required to clear it.  If you live in a cul-de-sac or an area where there are only sidewalks on one side of the street, you may be required to clear snow every year.  Reference the Directional Movement map above, or check with the Infrastructure Services Department, to find out if you have to clear your sidewalk this winter season.

In residential areas, sidewalks must be cleared within 48 hours of the end of a snowfall.  In the downtown commercial area, sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours of the end of a snowfall.  Sidewalks should normally be cleared of snow and ice for the entire finished width, to the finished surface.  Please note that Bylaw 1475 prohibits the use of snow-clearing devices powered by an engine in residential areas before 6:00 a.m. on weekdays or Saturdays, and before 9:00 a.m. on Sundays or statutory holidays.

Become A Snow Star

'Tis the season for snow and snow removal.  Many of our neighbours have difficulty removing the snow from their driveways and sidewalks.

If you would like to help a senior or an individual with physical difficulties, become a Snow Star!  Call Community Services at 780-778-6300.

If you NEED this service please call Community Services, 780-778-6300, to have your name placed on our registry.

To report a street or traffic light malfunction, or other road maintenance concern, please contact the Infrastructure Services Department at 780-778-2273.