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 AddressingMunicipal Road BansRoad Service RequestsRoad Construction & MaintenanceRoad Committees
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.

For additional information please call: Jamie Erickson, Community Peace Officer for the Special Areas 1-403-854-8387.

Current Bans in Effect
Road bans are usually place on roads in March and can stay in effect throughout June. Road bans are strictly dependent on weather; therefore, time periods for road bans may fluctuate.

To view current road bans in effect in the Special Areas, go to the Current Bans.

Getting a Permit

To obtain a permit please call: ROADATA Services at 1-888-830-7623 or visit their website at

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.

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.

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.

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.

If you have a road maintenance concern, please contact your District Maintenance Foreman:

  • Special Area No. 2 – Ross Crowle – (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.

Road Committees

Road committees are the primary way local requests related to road construction, repair and gravelling are managed in the Special Areas. Road committees meet each spring to discuss requests from the public, set local road priorities, and make annual road program recommendations. There are thirteen local road committees in the Special Areas, one for each Special Area subdivision.

Ratepayers with road project requests and concerns are encouraged to contact the road committee member for their area. Local road committee members are the best way for the public to share their requests, concerns, and ideas for future road projects.

At annual meetings each spring, road committees review the proposed annual road program for the upcoming season. The annual road program includes road construction, surfacing and backtrail repairs projects for all the Special Areas. Each road committee sets local road project priorities and recommends required changes to the proposed road program.

Road committee members are responsible for collecting and communicating ratepayer concerns. They are Elected at the Annual Taxpayer Meetings .

Road Committee Position Information

Road Committee Members

Road Committee Members

There are thirteen local road committees in the Special Areas, one for each Special Area subdivision. Road committees include:

  • Local road committee members
  • Local Advisory Councillor
  • Director of Municipal Services
  • Local Area Administrator
  • Superintendent of Roads & Equipment
  • Road Maintenance Supervisor
  • Road Construction Supervisor

Road Committee members are appointed by the Special Areas Board for a four (4) year term based on recommendations from Advisory Council and must reside within the boundaries of the area they are representing. Advisory Council makes recommendations for Road Committee appointments based on motions made by the public at annual ratepayer meetings. If you would like to speak with your local road committee member, contact your local district office for more information.

Road Committee Members

Kevin Bossert*
Allan Storch
Don Viste
Scott Viste
Neal Roes*
Cody Mashon
Doug Lamson
Darcy Olesky
Evan Karg
Brian Griffith
Brad Slorstad*
Greg Gordon
Kevin Hickle
Michael Solberg
Lee Fryberger*
Earl Kading
Lyle Conners
Justin Griffith
Lane Lucas
James Madge*
Carter Link
Allan Malaka
Byron Connors
Daryl Swenson*
Bob Monkman
Wes Kornelson
Brad Osadczuk*
Dustin Aebly
Chris Olson
Travis Foot*
Ron Smigelski
Doug Norris
Jim Newton
Dave McKinstry
Sam Shadlock*
Glen Rosenaue
Stephen Muzyka
Steven Rude
John Kimber
Kevin Wilson*
Walt Scarff
Dale Stammers
Lawrence Hanson
Jerry Andersen
Brad Lockhart
Graham Schetzsle*
Colin Ulseth
David Long
Gordon Long
Blaine Roth
Barry Redel*
Darren Simpson
Darcy Berg
Leonard Babcock
Ken Guenthner
Doug Noble*
John Baier
Barry Davis
Glenn Schuetzle
Jay McGregor

Annual Road Program

Annual Road Program Development

The annual road program, including both construction and surfacing projects, is developed each year as a part of the Board’s annual budgeting cycle. Projects are determined using input from local road committees, long-term road program planning, and capital budgeting constraints.
In general, the process to develop the annual road program is:

– October to November –
Special Areas Administration develops a draft annual road program based on local road committee priorities, long-term project planning, and budgetary constraints.

– December –
The Advisory Council reviews the draft annual road program at the Fall Advisory Council meeting. After integrating any changes required, the draft annual road program is recommended for review by local road committees. It is now referred to as the proposed annual road program.

– January to March –

Local road committees hold their annual meetings for all 13 Special Areas subdivisions. At these annual meetings, local road committees:
• Set priorities for local road projects
• Review the proposed annual road program and recommend any changes needed
• Recommend any new road committee members

– April –
The Advisory Council reviews the proposed annual road program – including any changes made during road committee meetings – at the Spring Advisory Council meeting. The annual road program is approved by the Advisory Council for the upcoming season.

– May to October –

The annual road program is executed by Municipal Services during the road construction season. Road maintenance projects are managed by the Maintenance Supervisor, road surfacing projects are managed by the Surfacing Supervisor, and road construction projects are managed by the Construction Foremen. All road projects are supervised by the Superintendent of Roads & Streets, reporting to the Director of Municipal Services.

– October –

Annual reporting on the annual road program is provided to the Special Areas Board and Advisory Council, including project costs, completion rates, and overall performance.