Roads and Streets
Roads and streets are fundamental to the quality of life and economic well-being in the Special Areas. Changing traffic patterns and loadings, rail line abandonment, and continuing oil and gas development necessitates ongoing strategy adjustments.
The Special Areas Board maintains over 5900 km of transportation infrastructure servicing over 5 million acres and almost 5000 residents.
|Provincial Highways||1,481 kms|
|Local Roads||5,925 kms|
|Graveled Roads||4,022 kms|
|Graded Roads (Trails)||1,644 kms|
|Oiled Roads||200 kms|
|Based Roads||41 kms|
|Paved Approach, access and park road||18 kms|
|Undeveloped Road Allowances||12,802 kms|
For more information, please contact our roads and streets programs at the Youngstown Service Center (403) 779-3733.
1. Current Road Bans
The preservation of the Special Areas Board’s road network is accomplished through enforcement of road bans, issuing overweight routing and permits and encouraging compliance by all road users. The objective of these initiatives is to ensure our roadway infrastructure is maintained in an effective and efficient manner, allowing for the safe and comfortable transportation of people and goods.
To obtain a permit please call: ROADATA Services at 1-888-830-7623 or visit their website at www.roadata.com
For additional information please call: Terry McMahon, Community Peace Officer for the Special Areas 1-403-575-0894.
CURRENT ROAD BAN INFORMATION:
Board Order No. 05/14
WHEREAS pursuant to Section 14, Subsection (1) of the Motor Transport Act, being Chapter M-20 RSA 1980, the Special Areas Board may limit or restrict the weight and load to be carried by a traction engine, public service vehicle or commercial vehicle using a district highway, local road or portion of either, for such period or periods as the Board may determine; and
WHEREAS road conditions have changed such that loading restrictions can now be removed; and
NOW THEREFORE IT IS ORDERED that Board Order No. 01/14 is hereby cancelled as of Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, at 8:00 A.M. and all loading restrictions are removed, with the exception of:
a specific oiled road in Special Areas 2 restricting bus, truck and trailer traffic to Ninety percent (90%) of authorized load limits except as allowed under the act or regulation on the following roads:
Local Paved Surfaced road south of Hanna described as 3 miles south of Highway 9 along Range Road 14-4 and 4 miles west on Township Road 30-4 to Junction Highway 862.
DATED at Hanna, Alberta this 18th day of June, A.D., 2014.
Board Order No. 06/14
WHEREAS pursuant to the authority granted under the Traffic Safety Act, the Special Areas Board may limit or restrict the weight and load to be carried by a traction engine, public service vehicle or commercial vehicle using a district highway, local road or portion of either, for such period or periods as the Board may determine; and
WHEREAS it is deemed necessary to impose various loading restrictions on Township Road 31-4 (known as Girletz Road) from junction Secondary Highway 886, West 3 miles to Range Road 7-1, South 2 miles to Township Road 31-2, and West 4 miles to Range Road 7-5, within Special Areas No. 3.
NOW IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that a road ban be placed on the above noted municipal road in Special Areas 3 effective 8:00 A.M., June 24, 2014 restricting bus, truck and trailer traffic to Seventy-five percent (75%) of authorized load limits except as allowed under the act or regulation or except as noted below; and on all gravel roads restricting loads to 100% of authorized limits.
DATED at Hanna, Alberta, this 24th day of June, A.D., 2014.
SPECIAL AREAS BOARD
Jay J. Slemp, CHAIRMAN
Printable Road Ban Notice - Board Order No. 05/14
Printable Road Ban Notice - Board Order No. 06/14
2. Road Committee
Road Committees are elected at Advisory Council meetings and meet annually in the first quarter to review the previous and current year’s road programs and provide recommendations to the Board and Advisory Council.
Road Committee meetings are comprised of Road Committee Members, the Director of Municipal Services, the District Administrator, the Superintendent of Roads & Equipment, the Construction Supervisor and the District Roads Foreman.
Road committee members are responsible for collecting and communicating ratepayer concern and are Elected at the Annual Taxpayer Meetings .
|Road Committee Members|
3. Gravel Requests
When availability allows and in accordance with Board policy, gravel may be purchased from the Special Areas Board for private use by ratepayers. To make a request to purchase gravel, please contact the Youngstown Service Center at (403) 779-3733.
4. Road Maintenance
If you have a road maintenance concern, please contact your District Maintenance Foreman:
- Special Area No. 2 – Wade Heilland – (403) 854-8979 or (403) 854-0426
- Special Area No. 3 – Kevin Goodine – (403) 664-3722 or (403) 664-0110
- Special Area No. 3 - Bruce Gillespie – (403) 577-3790 or (403) 575-0294
5. Road Construction
The Special Areas Board road construction program involves the ongoing upgrading of the existing road system.
6. Road Surfacing
The Special Areas Board road surfacing program involves cement soil stabilization, chip seal coating, and general oil repair.
7. Dust Abatement Past Residences
Dust abatement will be provided by the Special Areas Board on roadways past residences upon receipt of a written request from the resident and when approved by the Board. Ratepayers will be invoiced for a portion of the cost and are required to sign a declaration prior to application.
For more information, please contact our Youngstown Service Center at (403) 779-3733 or view our current policy at the policies resource page.
8. Texas Gates Program
The installation of a Texas Gate may be permitted on the road allowance subject to Special Areas Board policy. For more information, please contact our Youngstown Service Center at (403) 779-3733 or view our current policies at the policies resource page.
9. Snowplowing Program
Snowplowing on private roads may be provided by the Special Areas Board upon reciept of request from the resident. Ratepayers will be invoiced as outlined in the Special Areas Board Policy - Snowplowing of Private Road. For more information, please contact our Youngstown Service Center at (403) 779-3733.