Maintenance & repairs



Repairing potholes is a big part of maintaining Airdrie’s roads.

Did you know the hot asphalt mix normally used for pothole repairs cannot be used until the ground thaws?

Dry pavement and warm weather is needed for a lasting fix, however, while we wait for mother nature to help warm us up, our crews use a cold mix material to temporarily fix potholes. Although this fix is less durable, it works and helps us address safety concerns for motorists.

Pothole repairs will be prioritized based on the type of roadway it is on (arterial, collector or residential), weather permitting.

If you see a pothole, please report it to the Roads Department at 403.948.8415.



The Roads Department is responsible for maintenance, and repairs to provide motorists a safe, reliable transportation network.  Preventative maintenance extends the service life of the network asset.

Maintenance or repairs may include:
Potholes Patched with either hot or cold mix products depending on time of year.
Resurfacing asphalt Improves the smooth surface for vehicles, a less costly alternative to reconstruction.
Crack sealing Prevents water from penetrating down and damaging the road base.
Rural gravel roads

Grading is performed as needed to maintain proper drainage and a smooth riding surface. Calcium chloride may be applied for dust control or road stabilization as required (see Rural Roads section below).


Back lanes

The Roads Department is responsible for gravel and asphalt lanes. Lanes that are determined to have poor drainage may be reconstructed.

Lane apron condition is assessed, and necessary repairs are considered as part of the seasonal maintenance program. 

Maintenance and repairs may include:
Gravel lane

Graded twice a year and on an as-needed basis to ensure proper drainage and an even surface. Gravel is added as deemed necessary.

Asphalt lane

Pothole patching.

How residents
can help

Relocate any vehicles parked in the lane to allow the grader room to work. Remove any garbage from the back of your property.  Trim branches that overhang from your property into the lane.


Sidewalks & gutters

The Roads Department completes an annual sidewalk rehabilitation program which commences in the spring once weather conditions allow. The sidewalk maintenance program is carried out to provide a reasonable, safe walking surface for pedestrians. 

Depending on the severity of the damage and safety considerations, the locations are identified and then classified based on the following priority basis:
Priority 1

These are locations considered in poor condition. Priority 1 areas are typically scheduled for replacement within the current budget year.

Priority 2

These are locations considered to be in average condition or where the issue is not an immediate safety concern. Priority 2 areas are re-inspected annually.

Priority 3

These are locations considered to be in good condition, and the issue is not a safety concern. This generally includes aesthetic issues such as chips, hairline cracking and minor settlements. Priority 3 areas are monitored on a bi-annual basis.


Rural roads

Grading is done as necessary to reduce rutting and potholes; gravel is added as required to maintain the roads to a rural standard. Calcium chloride is applied on an annual basis, on either side of rural residences driveways to reduce the amount of dust for qualified residents.

Find out more about dust control, including how to apply for additional dust control.


Environmental debris management

The Roads Department removes debris such as garbage, broken glass, furniture and dead animals from roadways and ditches. 

If you have questions regarding a missing pet that may be deceased, contact the Parks Department at (403) 948-8400.


Local improvements

Are you interested in having your back alley paved? Does your street need a new sidewalk? Maybe you feel your neighbourhood needs more street lighting? These are examples of Local Improvements. Any property owner may initiate local improvements.  Visit the Local Improvements page for more information.


Contact us

P. 403.948.8415

F. 403.948.8403


Roads and Water
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday
Roads and Water After Hours
Monday to Friday
4:30 p.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sunday
12 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.