Snow maintenance on provincial highways is expected to be ‘fully winter ready’ within a couple of weeks.
Crews across Alberta have been preparing for the weather to take a turn for the worst with some communities, such as Fort McMurray, getting an early visit from old man winter.
The expectation from the province is to have their contractors ready by October 15 but have them prepared to respond beforehand – just in case.
On Friday, a standstill on Highway 63, northbound, near Supertest Hill caused a backup of traffic.
Alberta Transportation says their maintenance contractor, Emcon Services Inc, received their first call about the slippery conditions on the road around 5:30 a.m. They note the first sanding truck was on Supertest Hill by 6:00 a.m. and the second by 6:50 a.m.
“To provide timely responses, maintenance staff monitor weather forecasts on an ongoing basis and news of advancing storms is communicated to neighbouring maintenance areas,” said Wayne Wood, Transportation Spokesperson, in an email.
He notes all of their contractors plan ahead of these types of storms so they can respond appropriately.