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Make way for the graders

May 20, 2016 8:37 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Back lane grading starts next week, and residents are asked to remove any personal structures that are encroaching into the laneway.

From early spring until September, crews grade 235 km of gravel back lanes in an effort to maintain adequate drainage and prevent potholes. This program also enables crews to identify any spots in need of repair.

“In Red Deer, our back lanes are an access point for underground utility lines, emergency access, and garbage pick-up,” said Greg Sikora, Public Works Manager. “In some cases, these laneways are also used by residents to access their property.”

In addition to lane grading and restoration, a bylaw officer will inspect the condition of back lanes and issue notices to homeowners with items on in the laneway, which is City property. The notice will include a deadline to correct the violation and non-compliance could result in a fine.

Common back lane violations include:

  • Structures such as sheds, garbage enclosures, fences, garages and paved driveways that extend onto City property.
  • Materials dumped in the back alley such as sod, dirt or gravel.
  • Overgrown trees or shrubs that overhang into the back lane less than 13.5 feet high.

“We want homeowners to look in their back lane to ensure no materials, trees, shrubs or structures are extending past their property line,” said Greg Sikora, Manager of Public Works. “Anything that is dumped or extends into the back lane makes it difficult, and in some cases impossible for equipment to navigate the route.”

Landowners who are not sure where their property line ends should contact a licensed land surveyor for a Real Property Report.

For more information about lane grading and restoration, visit

For more information, please contact:

Greg Sikora
Manager of Public Works
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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