Current Restrictions / Closures
Latest Road Update: (*May 16th*)
Click here for latest complete list of the closed and washed out roads.
March 28th 8am – Road Ban in Effect
Remember, driving overweight on soft spring roads creates ruts that are very expensive and time consuming to repair. Please consider your fellow rate payers and abide by the weight restriction by-laws. Be kind to your roads.
(*updated March 25th)
Bridge Site: Bridge:744, Beaverhill Creek, Range Road 180
Location: Sounth of Highway 15 near Hilliard (WSW 30-53-17-W4)
*site open to traffic , deficiencies to be completed in spring minor traffic interruption
Bridge Site: Bridge 75346, Watercourse, Range Road 195
Location: North of Highway 16 near Chipman (SW 32-53-19-4)
*temporary bridge installed to open traffic flow – will be closed later this year to continue construction
Bridge Site: Bridge 6946 Range Road 184
Location: 1/2 mile North of Highway 15 on Range Road 184
*closed to all traffic – bridge structure belongs to the Village of Chipman
Private Snow Removal
(updated November 30th, 2012)
In effort to best serve Lamont County residents, Council has recently made amendments to the custom snow plowing/grading on private driveways policy. (#5100)
County residents who are medically fragile and/or require at home medical services on a regular basis will receive the service on a no-charge basis. This will only be provided subject to provision of an annual doctor’s note and also be recorded separately so that a flag is not required.
The service provided for seniors (65+) will now be $100/season and will be recorded separately so that a flag is not required. This service will only be provided after all roads have been opened and medically fragile residents’ driveway clearing has been completed.
All other landowners/designates will have the opportunity to buy flags at $40/flag. For snowplowing purposes only, if four extra flags are posted, County forces will clear snow for agricultural purposes. This is to the equivalent of a maximum of one hours’ work (not including time spent clearing the driveway).
1 flag – Driveway cleared only
4 flags – For agricultural purposes
5 flags – Both driveway and for agricultural purposes
The service provided for the driveway clearing will be the distance from the County right-of-way to the residence and supporting infrastructure and back to the right of way. Service will be initiated subject to a flag placed at the entrance of the property unless the resident is a senior, medically fragile or requires at home medical services.
Download Policy 5100-Custom Snowplowing / Grading (.pdf)
(updated December 4th, 2012)
1. Where can I purchase a flag?
• Lamont County Public Works & Admin office, Town of Mundare, Town of Andrew
2. How much does a flag cost?
• $40.00 per flag
3. How many can I buy at once?
• You can buy as many as you wish. We recommend you purchase as many as you feel you will use in a year and ALWAYS have some on hand in case of a storm.
4. What if I want more than the driveway cleaned?
• 1 flag- Driveway one cleared
• 4-flags for Ag purposes
• 5 flags both driveway and Ag purposes
5. Where do I place the flag?
• At the end of the driveway/approach where you would like the snow cleared. The grader operator needs to clearly see them and be able to retrieve them.
6. Do the flags expire?
7. Can the flag be used summer or winter?
• The flag is for winter only, not summer.
8. Can my neighbour use my flag?
• No only you can use the flag purchased for your property. When the flag is purchased an agreement was signed and a map was drawn. This means until the flag is used this flag is limited to only this parcel of land
9. If I move from the county can I return the flag?
• Flags can be returned at the price that it was purchased. The flag will need to be returned to the Admin Building and a cheque will be issued. This process can take up to two weeks.
10. If the grader has gone past my driveway and has not done my driveway what do I do?
• If all of the roads have not been opened up, wait your turn, if the roads have been opened up, call P.W.
11. Does the county provide a senior’s rate?
• The service provided for seniors (65+) will be $100 per season.
12. Who is eligible for no-charge driveway snow clearing?
• County residents who are medically fragile and/or require home medical services on regular basis will receive the service on a no-charge basis. The service will only be provided subject to the provision of a doctor’s note annually. Special concessions will be given for unique homecare situations.
13. If I am a senior or am eligible for the medically fragile program will I need to put up a flag?
• For both of the services a flag will not be required. We will require your legal description or your rural address.
14. What are the priorities of the grader operators?
• Emergencies (driveways)
• Medical Fragile
• Orange grader flags
15. What constitutes an emergency?
• Life threatening individual emergencies such as fire, request from police and emergency services, birth, illness, death and deliveries because of absence of home fuel.
16. What are the land owner’s responsibilities?
• To be prepared to sign an annual agreement and clearly mark on a map provided (by the county) any obstacles.
• Land owner is responsible for any damage done to landscaping or amenities, as there is a hold harmless notice in the agreement. The County will not be sending crews out in the spring to replace gravel from lawns to driveways, or to roll back sod that has been pealed.
• Ensure there is enough room to accommodate the grader.
• The driveway is to be staked out and problems/concern areas clearly marked.
• Residents are responsible to be prepared if a large amount of snow should fall it may take “7-10” days before all roadways and driveways are plowed. So residents should be prepared with a basic emergency kit.
17. Who can sign an agreement?
• Landowners can only sign the agreement. Landowners are able to assign a designate on a yearly basis.
18. How can I get an agreement?
• An agreement can be found at all the locations that sell the flags. The agreement can be mailed, faxed or emailed.
19. Will the service be provided without this agreement signed every year?
• A new agreement will need to be provided every year before the services are given.
L-Pack Ordinetal, Les Cardash – 780-907-1644
Trevor Schinkinger – 780-220-5405
JHCH Contracting Snow removal Services, Jason – 780-720-2487
Ted Gavinchuk – 780-975-9696
Primary Highway Maintenance
There are 156 km of Primary Highways and 163.7 km of Secondary Highways in Lamont County. Since 2001 Lamont County is no longer responsible for the maintenance and construction of these highways. These highways include Hwy 831, Hwy 29 (formerly 637), Hwy 645, Hwy 855, Hwy 834, Hwy 15, Hwy 16, Hwy 38, and Hwy 45. Any questions regarding engineering should be forwarded to Alberta Transportation at 780-853-8178 and maintenance concerns to Carillion Canada Inc. at 780-895-2291.
Local Road Maintenance
Did you know there are approximately 2089 miles of local roads in Lamont County? That’s the distance from Edmonton to Thunder Bay Ontario! There are eight Graders that work on a regular “grader beat” ranging from 155 miles to 185 miles. One additional grader is used for oiling and applying dust control.
Road Ban Information
From time to time Lamont County Roads are restricted because of the road condition, maintenance, or seasonal conditions such as spring thaw.
A Road Use Agreement may be entered into for companies who will provide a Bond for the portion of road being used. For further information on Road Bans, please contact the Public Works Office at (780)-895-2547.
Lamont County has centralized the overweight/overdimensional permits with Roadata Services Ltd.
Lamont County strives to provide a quick and efficient maintenance program during the winter months. It normally takes between 3 to 4 days for all local gravel roads to be cleared of snow, and after a severe snow storm it may take longer. Ensure you have enough heating fuel and supplies on hand for several days. Notify your employer beforehand that you live in a rural setting and may not be able to travel in the event of a storm.
Medical emergencies, such as ambulance assistance will be immediately attended to. Any medical appointments should be rescheduled once travel can safely be achieved.
County residents who would like dust control in front of their residences may purchase dust control through our Administration Office. The dust control program runs during the summer months and is dependant upon the weather. Pricing for residential dust control is set annually at the beginning of April and easements (link) must be signed by the landowner before the commencement of the work. The 2007 pricing for 400 feet of dust control is currently set for $1700. For additional information view Policy #5101.
Currently roads are re-graveled on an approximate 5-year rotation basis with 225 – 250 miles re-graveled each year. Roads are also graveled on an as needed basis. The County owns its own trucks and completes the entire road gravelling program in house.
To minimize damage to the gravel roads in the summer Lamont County has stockpiled gravel at each grader shop site as required. The County utilizes private contractors for the gravel haul to each stock pile. For additional information view Policy#5120.
Private Gravel Sale
Lamont County opens the municipal gravel pit a couple days per year to allow rural residents to purchase gravel from the County. Ratepayers are allowed 50 yards of gravel per calendar year. The price of gravel is currently set at $8.00/yard for ¾ inch crushed and $2.00/yard for pit run. (subject to change). Each ratepayer is responsible for their own trucking. Lamont County does not provide trucking of gravel. For more information regarding when the pits become open to the public, contact the Public Works office at 780-895-2547.
Lamont County contracts its crushing requirements annually. The County crushes approximately 80,000 – 100,000 tonnes per year. If you are interested in contracting your crushing service with Lamont County please contact our office at 780-895-2547 for more information.
Lamont County does all of its own gravel pit stripping and reclamation work. This work is usually carried out at the end of the year before freeze up.
Lamont County erects signs pursuant to Policy #5135 and pursuant to the Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada. Signs are replaced on a “call in basis” from the public, staff workers and council. Every fall and spring signs are replaced that are bent, faded or damaged as necessary.
Lamont County allows the erection of private signs pursuant to Policy #5135. The resident is responsible for the cost of the sign and/or replacement of the sign. Lamont County will provide installation of the sign. For more information or application see the attached policy or contact the Public Works Office at 780-895-2547.
Approaches are located within the road right of way and are under the direction, control and management of Lamont County. Therefore the County retains full discretion over the installation and/or removal of approaches. All new approaches must meet the approved standards. If the property owner wishes to build an approach or have Lamont County build an approach, fill out the approach form attached and submit to Public Works for approval(link). Costs are associated with the building of the second approach per parcel. For additional information view Policy #5106.
Oil companies must make a formal request in writing outlining the placement of the driveway.
Lamont County has 142 bridges on local roads. All minor maintenance is performed by County forces. A 3 year bridge replacement priority list is prepared annually and submitted to Alberta Transportation Bridge Branch for funding requirements and approval.
Road flooding concerns can be directed to the Director of Public Works at 780-895-2547.
Rural residents may purchase used culverts from the Public Works yard for approximately half the price of a new culvert. The inventory of used culverts changes frequently and the culverts are sold on a first come first serve basis. To inquire about or view the used culverts available for purchase, contact Public Works at 780-895-2547.
Lamont County endeavors to keep the countryside free from garbage and debris in ditches. Please cover the loads you take to the landfill. Dumping of material in county ditches is prohibited. Report any garbage dumped in ditches to the Public Works Department at 780-895-2547. Please keep our County Clean!
Lamont County considers road rehabilitation and construction to be an important part of our growth. We attempt to build as many miles in a year that the weather conditions will allow. We build approximately 6 miles of road and 4 shoulder pulls per year. The five (5) year plan is updated yearly to meet the priorities and budget requirements.
Please be patient and slow down through County construction zones.
Compensation for Construction
See Policy 5103.