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Red Deer residents encouraged to call about icy patches on city streets

Motorists reminded to drive to road conditions
Crews continue to apply a mixture of sand and salt on city streets to give drivers better traction. (File photo by Advocate staff)

On Wednesday, snowplows finished clearing all the layers of ice and snow from city streets following the heavy snowfall in early November.

City roads superintendent Doug Halldorson said trucks will continue to spread sand to give drivers better traction.

He said sand trucks are out 24/7 applying a mix of sand and salt to the roads, but when it’s extremely cold, the salt doesn’t work as well and the sand doesn’t stick so crews have to keep reapplying.


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Sand trucks regularly hit the streets before the morning rush to take care of arterial roads and bus routes.

He said Thursday morning the Parks and Public Works department only received one call about an icy intersection, and he encouraged residents to contact the city when they find icy spots that need attention.

“We have a lot of roads to maintain. If there’s a localized area that a resident sees, they can call in to our main number to get us dispatched to get it taken care of.”


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Halldorson said it would be great if the public made it a priority to quickly inform the city of trouble spots to be partners in the city’s road-clearing efforts.

“They have more eyes on the road than we have. We do travel a lot of the roads but if there’s some other roads that we haven’t quite got to yet, let us know.”

He said a truck can be on the scene with sand in less than an hour to address the ice after residents call 403-342-8238 to report winter road problems.

Halldorson also reminded motorists to drive according to the conditions and stay back when trucks are sanding the road.

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