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It’s a win-win: save yourself a ticket and give plowing crews a hand

February 21, 2018 2:37 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Grey Route plowing is in full swing across the city and residents can help us – and themselves – by moving their vehicles during plowing. On Thursday crews will be working on Green Routes in Snow Zone E and Grey Routes in Snow Zone H. Street in Zone D (Downtown) will be plowed overnight Thursday and Friday.

“We can plow much more quickly and effectively when vehicles are off the street,” said Greg Sikora, Public Works Manager. “When vehicles are left on the street, our operators have to navigate around them, which slows us down, but it also costs you.” 

Vehicles left on the street during Grey Route plowing will be ticketed ($85) and plowed in. Parking restrictions are in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. when a Snow Zone is scheduled for plowing. There’s a variety of ways residents can find out when their Snow Zone will be plowed: 

  • Sign up to receive Snow Zone alerts by text, email or phone at
  • Check the schedule by address or Snow Zone at
  • Follow the City on Facebook or Twitter
  • Call the Snow Zone hotline at 403-406-8796
  • Look for large signs at the entrances to neighbourhoods; signs are not placed on individual streets on Grey Routes.

Grey Route plowing started on Thursday, February 15, in Snow Zone F and will continue alphabetically until complete. Green Routes will wrap up this week and that crew will join the Grey Route crew, helping to speed things up.    

During Grey Route plowing, crews flatblade the top 5 cm of snowpack and leave windrows on both sides of the street. Windrows from front driveways are cleared by crews. 

“Our Grey Route program helps to keep residential streets driveable and safe by smoothing out the ruts,” said Sikora. “With the fluctuating temperatures we typically experience, it’s important to cut the snowpack and maintain a smooth driving surface.” 

For more information, please contact:

Greg Sikora
Public Works Manager
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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