Road Programs & Services
The County believes in protecting the road network within the County from damage caused by heavy traffic. This is accomplished through the imposing of road bans and by publicly advising road users of such bans. The road bans may be seasonal or directly related to the road weight capacity. Any vehicles travelling within the county that exceed either the normal or seasonal load weight limits must apply for and obtain a permit to transport. Permits may be applied from RoaData at 1.888.830.7623. For current road bans, click here.
The County annually advertises for applications for dust control. Dust control agents are applied for a length of 200 meters upon approval. The primary dust control agent used by the municipality is calcium chloride. Applications must be completed by the close of the last business day in April. As outlined in the Dust Control application form, payment must be received by the County before any work commences.
Applicants requesting dust control on secondary highways must request Alberta Transportation, who will contact the County.
Residential Driveway Snowplowing Services Program
If it is operationally effective, private driveways may be plowed during public road plowing. Prior to any work taking place on private land, the applicant must contact the County Office and inform the Public Works Department of their request to have their driveway snowplowed. Please have ready to provide your legal land description, rural address and contact information. A Field Representative will contact you and will come out to do an on-site assessment of your driveway. If the driveway is deemed suitable for snow clearing with a grader, you must sign a contract and be provided with a permanent personalized snow plow sign.
Residents will be billed monthly for any snow plowing conducted. For further details concerning the Snowplowing Program, please read the Snowplowing Brochure.
All snow plowing issues whether concerning County main roads or private driveways, please contact the County Public Works Department at 780-836-3348 or 1.888.525.3481
All major and secondary highways within the County of Northern Lights are under the jurisdiction of Alberta Transportation.
Public Works strives to maintain good winter driving conditions on main gravel surfaces for County roads by plowing within 72 hours of the last snowfall. Snowplowing priority is as follows:
Snowplowing priority will be as follows:
- main routes
- roads to occupied residences and school bus routes
- flagged driveways
Please note that field access roads will not be maintained during winter.
Privately Owned Gravel Pits
The activity of removing or hauling sand or gravel from any private gravel pit within in the County falls under the Community Aggregate Payment Levy Bylaw No. 06-32-177 and requires quarterly reporting to the County.
Report a Maintenance Issue Program: The County of Northern Lights encourages residents to report any on-site or general issues that require attention from the County. This would include, but is not limited to, culvert problems, downed signage, road damage, etc., on County property.
To report a maintenance issue:
- Have a legal land description, rural address, or township/range road number.
- Call the County office at 780-836-3348 or toll-free at 1-888-525-3348.
Please note that the fastest way to report maintenance issues is by calling the office. Maintenance issues sent via social media can be delayed.
The safety coordinator manages and promotes the County safety program to ensure that workplace health and safety are maintained following the Provincial Occupational Health & Safety Regulations and County safety policies. This entails performing inspections of worksites, and facilities, investigating incidents/accidents, holding safety meetings, arranging safety courses for staff, coordinating requirements under the Provincial/Federal Commercial Vehicle Safety Compliance for our heavy equipment fleet that applies to this program and organizing annual staff safety orientation.
Safety Coordinator: Karly Blanton