Snow Zone Plowing Program
How it works
The city's residential neighbourhoods are divided into 11 Snow Zones, identified by letters A-K. Green Routes (collector roads and bus routes) and Grey Routes (residential streets) are plowed once the snow pack reaches 10 cm. Each time we plow, we start in a different Snow Zone and move alphabetically around the city. Parking restrictions are in place during Snow Zone plowing.
- are collector roads and bus routes
- are plowed Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- are plowed to bare pavement and the snow is removed
- have 'no parking' signs posted along every Green Route before we plow, so people can move their vehicles from the street
NOTE: Any vehicles left on the street during the specified time are ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.
- are residential streets
- are plowed Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- are plowed to a 5 cm snow pack with windrows left on both sides of the street, and windrows are cleared from front driveways and back alley entrances
- have 'no parking' signs placed at the entrances to each neighbourhood before we plow - we do not put 'no parking' signs on every street
NOTE: Any vehicles left on the street are ticketed and plowed in.
Snow Zone Maps
The maps below provide an overview of each Snow Zone, showing which streets are Green Routes and which are Grey Routes. Check the schedule to see when your Snow Zone will be plowed and sign up for Snow Zone Alerts with Notify Red Deer to receive text, email and phone alerts when you need to move your vehicle for Snow Zone plowing.
A windrow is a pile of snow left at the side of the road after plowing.
Windrows on Grey Routes
Grey Routes are surface plowed to a 5 cm snowpack. Windrows are left on both sides of the street. Front driveways on Grey Routes will be cleared by City crews.
Residents have the option of hiring a private contractor to clear windrows from the street in front of their house. Private contractors must have a valid Use of Streets permit to clear snow from City property. See a list of contractors that meet these requirements. Snow removed from the street can’t be placed back on the street or median, or on other City property (e.g., parks). It must either be placed on appropriate private property or taken to one of The City’s snow storage facilities (standard fees will apply).
See our Have a question? section for more information.
Windrows on Green Routes
Windrows along Green Routes are removed. Green Routes are collector routes, meaning they typically have higher traffic volumes and provide access from residential streets to arterial routes, transit routes and schools. Removing snow from Green Routes helps to keep traffic moving efficiently after a snowfall.
For more information about Snow Zones, windrows and parking, please see the Have a question? section.