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Town of Didsbury Public Works staff work very hard to keep Didsbury clean so please, be courteous to the staff and respectful of the equipment they run.
FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THEIRS.
 
 
SUMMER STREETS AND SIDEWALKS
With over 75 km of open roads to maintain, the Town of Didsbury’s road maintenance crew always has a job to do.
 
In between the huge tasks of street cleaning and snow removal, the roads crew is also kept busy with patching and painting roads, sidewalk and curb repairs, street sign, as well as grading the laneways.
 
Street sweeping commences mid- April, typically taking about 3-4 weeks to complete but may be delayed by cold or wet weather; parked vehicles; or excessive amounts of winter sand and debris.
 
Street Sweeping Map
 
To provide efficient and quick sweeping, our equipment needs to get to the curb without obstructions. Please observe the following:
  • Try to avoid Monday to Friday daytime parking on your street if possible
  • Safety is important for everyone, so please watch children carefully when the sweepers are on the roadway
  • Please watch for signage indicating street sweeping in your area
Your cooperation and patience is greatly appreciated. For further information, please call the Town’s Public Works Department at 403.335.8343.
 
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 Didsbury Action Request Line at 403.335.2030.
 
Line & Crosswalk Painting 
Line painting is usually finished by late-Summer. Signs are posted indicating traffic diversions as the paint dries.
 
Street Repairs 
From April to September, the road maintenance crew completes repairs to Town sidewalks, curbs, streets and boulevards that were excavated by the utilities crew 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.

Streetlights are the responsibility of FORTIS.  Please report any streetlight issues directly to FORTIS at 403.310.9473 or via email using their General Inquiry Form at http://www.fortisalberta.com/ under the Contact Us section.
 
 
 
WINTER STREETS AND ROADS
Your Public Works Department strives to improve winter maintenance habits while minimizing the financial burden on taxpayers.  During and following storm events, the snow will be plowed into windrows at the edge of the roadway.  Removal of snow windrows in the downtown core will occur during early morning hours on an as-needed" basis, but not after every storm.  Piling the snow in the middle of the roadway creates a hazard to individuals trying to cross the roadway and to drivers attempting to turn into and pull out from parking spaces. 
 
 
SNOW PLOWING
The primary goal of Public Works is to provide for the safe and orderly movement of emergency equipment, vehicle traffic and pedestrians throughout the community during winter months, especially during storm periods. This is done by the sanding of intersections and roads on an as needed basis. Snow plowing shall commence when an excess of 100mm (4 inches) has accumulated. Streets will be done in accordance with our Snow Plowing Priority Map. When cleaning your walkway and parking area, please deposit the snow on your property.

WHEN WILL MY STREET BE PLOWED?
The Town of Didsbury has approximately 75  kilometers of streets.  Not all of these streets need to be maintained in the winter to the same degree.  The degree of winter maintenance effort will vary in accordance with the role that a particular street plays in the total transportation network.  

WHAT IS A WINDROW AND WHY IS IT IN MY DRIVEWAY?
Although we all look forward to having the streets plowed, no one really looks forward to that pile of snow left at the end of the driveway.  We understand your frustration with this situation; once you've cleared your driveway, it can be annoying to see it obstructed with a pile of snow, or a windrow, left behind by the plow. Town staff will work as quickly as possible to open up driveways as required. 

Plows push most of the accumulated snow along the roadway.  But some snow normally moves to the side of the plow blade.  As the plow moves past driveways, that snow falls to one side forming a windrow. Unfortunately, it is up to the home owner to clear this snow left behind by the plow.

SIDEWALK CLEANING
Generally, sidewalk snow plowing is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner.  The Town will clear the snow on sidewalks adjacent to public facilities, parks and open spaces. The time that the sidewalk plowing commences may vary due to time of day and available manpower, and is normally carried out during regular working hours. Sidewalks along designated school walking areas with sidewalks receive first priority.

SALTING AND SANDING
A sand-salt mix will be applied to roadways to assist in providing traction when there is snow and/or ice on the roadway. It is the sand that provides the traction. Although road salt on its own is effective at melting the snow and ice, it is only effective at temperatures above -10 C. Road salt is mixed with the sand material to prevent moisture in the sand from freezing.  Critical areas such as hills, curves, intersections and approaches to railroad crossings are sanded throughout a storm.

Sand and salt are applied as necessary and at rates that are both effective, economical and that minimize the environmental impact.