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 6300 km of transportation infrastructure servicing over 5 million acres and almost 4200 residents.

Provincials Highways1,481 kms
Local Roads5,925 kms
Graveled Roads4,022 kms
Graded Roads (Trails)1,644 kms
Oiled Roads200 kms
Based Roads41 kms
Paved Approach, access and park road18 kms
Undeveloped Road Allowances12,802 kms
Rural Addressing Information
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: Jamie Erickson, Community Peace Officer for the Special Areas 1-403-854-8387.
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. See current rates
Dust Abatement
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.
Texas Gates
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.
Snowplowing on Private Roads
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.
Road Construction & Maintenance
Road Construction & Maintenance If you have a road maintenance concern, please contact your District Maintenance Foreman: – Special Area No. 2 – Willie Martin – (403) 854-5600 or (403) 857-9687 – Special Area No. 3 – John Hogan – (403) 664-3618 or (403) 664-0110 – Special Area No. 4 – Bruce Gillespie – (403) 577-3523 or (403) 575-0294 Road Construction The Special Areas Board road construction program involves the ongoing upgrading of the existing road system. Road Surfacing The Special Areas Board road surfacing program involves cement soil stabilization, chip seal coating, and general oil repair.