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The Never-Ending Battle with Inadequate Road Cleaning Services In Edmonton

By Fatih Sahin Jan24,2024

The City of Edmonton proudly announced its revamped snow and ice control program, complete with a new live snow-clearing map and a Winter Priority Loop promising faster service for downtown pathways and bike lanes. However, despite these assurances and an abundance of time and resources, the city has once again failed to deliver on its commitment to efficient road cleaning, leaving Edmontonians frustrated and questioning the effectiveness of their tax dollars.

This year, winter arrived later than usual, and the city experienced less snowfall compared to previous years. Despite these seemingly advantageous conditions, the City of Edmonton found itself unable to manage the roads adequately. Edmontonians, who had hoped for smoother and safer driving conditions, were left disappointed as natural medians emerged, dividing roads and forcing drivers to navigate through narrowed lanes.

Edmontonians, particularly those who have traversed the same routes for years, have expressed their dismay at the lack of improvement in road cleaning services. Despite the city’s promise to start cleaning operations promptly, the reality on the ground reflects a familiar scene—accumulated snow in pockets, hindering turns and leaving drivers to contend with snow-covered intersections. As a result, residents are once again facing the risk of damaging their vehicles by rubbing against icy snow piles.

The City of Edmonton, having increased property taxes to fund essential services, appears to be falling short in fulfilling its responsibilities when it comes to winter road maintenance. The question that looms large is whether the burden of increased car insurance premiums and vehicle damage should solely rest on the shoulders of drivers, or if the city should be held accountable for its failure to address a recurring issue.

Comparing Edmonton’s performance to that of other cities with similar climates reveals a stark contrast. Take, for instance, Astana, Kazakhstan, a city with nearly the same population. Despite facing similar winter conditions, Astana manages to clear its roads promptly, allocating the necessary resources to ensure the safety and convenience of its residents. Edmontonians are left to wonder why their city, with more financial resources at its disposal, continues to struggle with a seemingly basic task.

As the snow continues to accumulate on Edmonton’s roads, residents are left grappling with a familiar frustration. The City of Edmonton must acknowledge its shortcomings in winter road maintenance and take immediate and effective measures to address the issue. It’s time for city officials to prioritize the safety and well-being of their residents over bureaucratic hurdles, ensuring that Edmontonians do not have to endure the same winter struggles year after year.


To gain insight into the current state of road cleaning efforts in Edmonton and perhaps understand the frustrations voiced by many residents, you can track the city’s snow removal operations in real-time through the official live snow-clearing map.

You can see the locations and movements of snow removal trucks, offering a visual representation of where the city is prioritizing its winter maintenance efforts by clicking on the following link:
https://gis.edmonton.ca/portal/apps/instant/minimalist/?appalias=SnowAndIceControl&appid=bbd28391fd1d4b159911f0d050f5c293

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