The City of Airdrie Roads department maintains and repairs roads, back lanes and sidewalks, curbs and gutters.
Areas that need repairs are identified in regular patrols and annual conditions surveys. Repairs are prioritized and the most severe issues are scheduled first. Work is performed from April to October.
Have you noticed changes to the roadway, sidewalk or alley near your property? There are situations where residents are encouraged to contact the City about roadway conditions:
For loose or missing manhole covers, call Water Services at 403.948.8871 or email@example.com.
Over time, gravel roads get bumpy and uneven due to traffic and weather. Grading is when a special machine, called a grader, is used to even out these bumps. The grader's large blade scrapes and spreads the gravel, making the road smoother and easier to drive on. This process helps with drainage, too, preventing puddles and erosion. Regular grading keeps gravel roads in good shape and safer for everyone.
Grading is done to improve drainage, rutting and reduce potholes. All gravel alleys throughout the City will be graded at least once (if required) and re-assessed for additional maintenance as required.
The Roads department asks that you remove vehicles and other items from the alley that may impede maintenance (Traffic Bylaw No. B-14/2016 2020 Consolidation (pdf))
Maintenance grading begins after completion of the street sweeping program, (mid-June).
The City treats rural, gravel roadways with a calcium chloride solution in front of residents' homes to minimize dust created by motor vehicle traffic.
The program usually begins in late May and is completed by mid-June, weather and road conditions permitting.
The dust control agent is a solution comprised of a 32 per cent calcium chloride and 68 per cent water. The agent is applied to the gravel roads by tanker trucks with rear mounted spray bars at a rate of 1.5 litres per square metre over the width of the road. If the calcium is still effective from the previous year, the application rate may be reduced.
One dust control application is applied at no charge to rural residents. The application is 100 lineal meters on either side of the driveway, for a total of 200 metres.
To be included in the annual program, the main residence must be within 150 metres of the centre line of the roadway fronting the residence.
Rural residents may request an increase to the length or number of applications, however, this is at the cost of the resident of $2.21 per metre plus GST.
If a rural resident chooses to opt out of the dust control program, the request must be made in writing and brought to City Hall. The City will consider the request, however may deem it necessary to apply product for safety reasons.
Rural residents do not need to apply for dust control unless a custom or extra length application is requested. The City will attempt to accommodate all custom requests but cannot guarantee it.
From May to October, the Roads department paints approximately 50 kilometres of lane markings and 10 kilometres of crosswalks and directional arrow markings.
Some of this work is completed at night to minimize traffic disruptions.
In new developments, sidewalks and streets are maintained by developers until the City takes over ownership. If your neighbourhood is still under developer control, you need to contact the developer about concerns related to street and sidewalk maintenance.
During Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) inspections, sidewalks are held to City design standards and replaced or repaired as necessary. After FAC approval, sidewalk repair and maintenance is done during local improvements or as part of the Public Works annual concrete replacement program.
Engineering Services reviews street plans for all new subdivisions within the city to ensure current and future commuter needs are met.