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Snow and Ice Control

Keeping Lethbridge on the move in winter

Each winter, City of Lethbridge Transportation Operations staff provide winter snow and ice control services to keep motorists safely on the move.  

See your city plows at work with the NEW Snow Plow Tracker! 

Snow and Ice Control Service Level Changes - Phase 1 snow routes and project information: Find out about the implementation of snow routes in Lethbridge in 2022/23, access notification tools, and provide project feedback or check the News Centre for snow route statuses. 


 Snow and Ice Control priorities are determined based on the following criteria:
  • Traffic speed
  • Topography
  • Traffic/pedestrian volumes

When does snow and ice get cleared in Lethbrige? 

To help keep Lethbridge moving in the winter time, snow and ice is managed on roads, lanes, sidewalks and pathways. The City utilizes snow plowing, snow removal, anti-icing and de-icing practices. On snow plowing routes, snow is plowed to the side of the road and occurs primarily on arterial roads like Whoop Up Drive but also in some residential areas. In snow removal areas, snow is piled in the middle of the road and then removed by truck, as required. 

 These services are provided according to a City Council-approved Snow and Ice Control Policy priority system. Click on the links below to see the various road maps for:

Interactive Snow Control Map 

Snow Plowing Priority Routes
Sanding and Ice Control Priority Routes
Snow Removal Priority Routes 
 
TIP: You can help us keep winter roads in your neighbourhood safer by piling snow from your driveway or sidewalk onto your property, not on the road.


Ice Control

Ice Control is conducted as necessary to improve traction and is based on pavement temperature and atmospheric conditions. We have pre-treating capability to our sanding trucks so that the sand and salt we apply to the roadways will be more effective under varying weather and road conditions.


Hours of Operation

  • Shifts are scheduled for maximum maintenance coverage throughout the winter months
  • Dedicated staff are on a winter storm watch shifts providing 24-hour coverage, 7 days per week
 

Our City snow and ice control fleet consists of the following:


Street and Road Maintenance

  • 6 Tandems with Sanders and Front Snow Plows
  • 3 Tandems with Sanders, Front Snow Plows & Side Wing Plows
  • 2 Tandems with Sanders, Anti-icing Capabilities & Front Snow Plows
  • 1 Tandem with Sander, Anti-icing Tank, Under-Body & Front Snow Plows
  • 1 Three-ton Single Axle Truck with Sander,
  • 2 Graders
  • 2 Front End Loaders
  • 1 Front End Loader with Plow
  • 1 Two-ton Single Axle Truck with Front-End Plow & Sander
  • 2 Snow Blowers

Sidewalk & Pathway Maintenance 

  • 7 - 4 wheel drive mowers with broom, blade and snow blower attachments.
  • 1 tractor with snow blade.
  • 6 trucksters with snow blades and sanding capabilities.
  • 3 skid steer loaders with snow buckets, brooms, blades and snow blower attachments.
  • 10 back pack snow blowers.
  • Various 3 ton, 1 ton, crew cab, and ½ ton trucks c/w trailers as required

*Note: Trucks to haul snow are contracted and used as/when necessary.  In addition, various pieces of heavy equipment with operators are available on a contractual basis.  A tender is prepared yearly by the Public Operations Account Support Technician of available contractors with various equipment.