Roads & Street Maintenance
summer construction projects
Construction season is here. Below are projects underway that community members and visitors should be aware of that may impact traffic.
Dahl Drive Improvement Project
Construction crews begin work on the Dahl Drive Improvement Project next week. The construction project, valued at over $1.5 million, will take place from 49 Avenue to Kepler Street.
Please use caution in the area, as this will be an active construction zone. Community members should note:
- Crews will be onsite Monday through Saturday from 7am to 7pm (weather permitting).
- Residents are encouraged to use alternate routes through the area when possible. Motorists are encouraged to use 51 Street to access Highway 43, and avoid Dahl Drive if possible.
- Commercial establishments will be accessible throughout the course of construction.
- Starting July 19 through to August 25, Dahl Drive between 41 Avenue and 49 Avenue will be reduced to single lane traffic in each direction (the outer lanes will be closed). Speed will be reduced to 50 kilometers/hour for the duration of the work, and motorists are asked to drive with caution and watch for posted signs and instructions.
- A portion of 41 Avenue (west of the Dahl Drive intersection) will remain closed. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes in the area.
- The Dahl Drive Trail remains open to pedestrian traffic; however, trail users are asked to use caution. During construction hours, and crew member will be onsite to assist with pedestrian traffic flow. Portions of the trail pavement have also been removed as part of the underground storm sewer preparation, and the trail surface is uneven. Please watch for and obey all posted signs.
The Town was awarded $1,212,940 through the Municipal Stimulus Program (MSP) to complete improvements to Dahl Drive. The Municipal Stimulus Program was created by the Government of Alberta to respond to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will create jobs and help improve the economy in the community. Work includes:
- Drainage Improvements
- installation of curb & gutter along Dahl Drive
- installation of catch basins to control run off
- Roadway Improvements
- milling of existing pavement
- overlay and pavement structure enhancement
- inlaid permanent pavement markings
- Upgrades to intersection of Dahl Drive and 41 Avenue
- road widening to accommodate dedicated turning lanes
- traffic signals programming
- pedestrian crosswalk and pathway
Constructed in the 1981, and widened to 4-lanes in 2014, Dahl Drive is one of the main arterial roads in Whitecourt. The work scheduled this year will improve the road structure, increasing its strength and longevity. Improvements will also address drainage and erosion control issues, which will reduce maintenance and repair costs in the long term, and make the road safer in wet and icy conditions.
Other construction projects scheduled or underway in Whitecourt include:
- Road Crack Repairs – Public Works crews are working to repair cracks (tarring) on roads throughout town. Please watch for our crews at work and use caution when passing.
- Water Systems Upgrade Project - Contract B - The project involves pump and control updates for the facility. Work has begun and contractors are onsite; construction activities will continue through summer and fall of 2021.
- Street Improvement Program – The annual program, which includes street overlays, and lighting, sidewalk, drainage and trail repairs, is scheduled to start late July. A detailed scheduled with a listing of locations will be advertised in the upcoming weeks.
The Town of Whitecourt appreciates your understanding and patience throughout the summer construction season. Regular updates on construction projects will be posted online at www.whitecourt.ca and on the Town’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TownofWhitecourt.
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 1-866-453-3267.
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.
road ban bylaw 1564
Preventing road damage by weight restrictions
We need weight restrictions to prevent damage to the Town of Whitecourt roads.
In the spring, frozen roads start to thaw. During spring, roads are weakened by excess water in the road base and can be damaged by heavy vehicles. The thawing water may not drain out of the gravel that is under the pavement. This is because the surrounding soil may be frozen or too solid. The water will soak into the gravel. When the water is absorbed, the road will temporarily lose strength. When this happens, the road cannot support heavier vehicles. Gravel roads are more vulnerable or susceptible to damage.
When road bans are in effect, vehicle loads are restricted to 75% per axle weights in accordance with the provisions of the Town of Whitecourt Bylaw 1564. Please watch for and obey signage.
Road ban start and end dates
Road bans are put into effect on our designated streets each year from the end of March to the beginning of June depends on weather. The actual end date will be determined following reviews of road and weather conditions toward the end of the road ban season.
Road Use Permit Application (Fillable)
Do you have questions about the road ban and/or road use permits? Contact Kamruz Zaman, Director of Infrastructure Services at 780-778-2273 ext. 120 or email@example.com.
Snow & Ice Control
The Town of Whitecourt utilizes a variety of snow clearing and ice control methods to keep Whitecourt roads and walkways safe.
Snow & Ice Control Practices
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.
For information on the current snow removal schedule and other road information, follow Whitecourt on Facebook.