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As required, the County enacts road bans on all hard surface and gravel roads, including residential subdivisions. Bans are declared based on weather conditions and frost testing.

Road bans are an effective tool for preventing road damage, reducing maintenance costs and ensuring County roadways remain safe for all motorists. Some roads in the County are more susceptible to damage than others based on poor drainage, weather conditions and other variables.

Look For the Signs

When a road ban occurs, signs indicating the allowed axle percentages are posted along the affected routes. Bans are monitored and enforced by Enforcement Services officers to ensure compliance.

Special Measures are Taken Each Spring

The County is tasked with maintaining and preserving all municipal roads, highways and bridges under its purview. It is especially important that these roadways are protected during the spring thaw. Alberta’s all-season roads (paved or gravel) are quite fragile as frost “comes out of the ground” (melts) and the roadbed becomes soft and spongy due to trapped water between the road surface and a layer of ice underneath.

The spring thaw can wreak havoc on regional roads when trucks, equipment and heavy trailers travel over susceptible roads causing potholes, permanent cracks and serious structural damage.

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