Ice control

Manage icy conditions with rock chips

Crews are in the process of restocking the green community chip bins. If one has run low please report it through County Connect.

Central locations remain fully stocked. Rock chips at these locations are in a large pile – sometimes it looks like a mound of sand or is partially covered in snow. Signs have been added to help identify them.

Central locations include:

  • 53129 Range Road 222 
  • Ardrossan Recreation Complex 
  • Broadmoor Golf Course 
  • Broadview Enviroservice Station 
  • Centennial Park 
  • Elk Island Administration Office (west side off Range Road 231) 
  • Glen Allan Recreation Centre 
  • Log Cabin on Fir Street 
  • Salisbury Composite High School (north side off Festival Way) 
  • Strathcona Athletic Park 

Exact locations can be viewed on the chip bin map

Last modified: Jan. 28, 2022, 7:59 a.m.

Strathcona County uses a variety of methods to manage icy conditions. These include salt, sand, rock chips and anti-icing solution. Crews continuously monitor and address concerns on all roads, as required, based on weather conditions.

Sanding truck parked next to sand pile

Ice control highlights:

  • Ice can be difficult to manage at cold temperatures. Always slow down and give yourself extra time and space between vehicles.
  • A sand/salt mixture is used on the majority of road types in urban and rural Strathcona County. Salt is not as effective at cold temperatures, so the amount of salt decreases as the temperature drops.
  • Rock chips are used to manage icy conditions on Priority 4 residential roads in Sherwood Park, Priority 3 and 4 rural roads, and in County-owned parking lots.
  • Anti-icing solution may be used on select roads and intersections prior to a snowfall.

Always drive to the conditions

Depending on the temperature and wind conditions, ice control methods are not always effective. Please note that even when sand, salt, anti-icing products or rock chips are applied, drivers still need to take caution driving in winter conditions.

  • Always practice winter driving strategies such as:
  • Slow down – the posted speed limit is for ideal conditions
  • Leave extra space – give yourself extra space between the vehicle in front of you
  • Give yourself time – your daily commute could take twice as long to drive safely in winter conditions

Anti-icing common questions

More information:

Transportation and Agriculture Services
Phone: 780-417-7100
Submit a request related to winter maintenance

County Connect

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Last updated: Thursday, January 13, 2022
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