The Town Roads Division manages over 100 km of open road in Cochrane to ensure our roadways are maintained to minimize economic loss to the community, and prevent or reduce accident or injury by providing safe winter driving conditions.
The Roads Division is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of the storm sewer system, including approximately 52 km of underground storm sewer mains, as well as various drainage swales, ditches, storm water ponds, outfalls, oil grit separators and wetland areas.
2018 Residential Snow Clean-up
We know there’s a lot of snow — more than usual, in fact. Which is why the Town is implementing our extreme weather response plan.
Residential snow clean-up:
As snow pack softens, crews will plow down the middle of all residential streets to flatten ruts.
How you can help
When crews are in your community, please move your vehicles to off-street parking. You can also help by moving your waste, recycling and organics bins to the side of your house or to your parking pad when it is not your collection day. Crews will be able to clear the alleys more efficiently if all obstacles are removed.
Residents are reminded not to deposit snow on the roadways, including snow left behind by the plows (windrows).
Why doesn’t the Town always plow residential roads?
The Town’s mandate is to keep priority routes open and safe for emergency vehicles and the motoring public. Including residential areas in regular snow plowing would mean a significant increase in budget.
Streets Improvement Project (SIP)
Check back soon for the latest work done under the Streets Improvement Project.
Some homes in Town are located near a trap low, a device that controls water drainage from Town streets. For homes near trap lows, rainwater may accumulate on the road nearby, up to and sometimes including the driveway and a portion of the lawn. This is normal for areas with a trap low. The water should completely drain within 24 hours once the rain stops.
If water has accumulated on the road near your house, on your driveway or front lawn, you may be located near a trap low. If rainwater accumulation has not drained 24 hours after the rain stops, please contact Town of Cochrane Operations at 403-851-2590.
- Example of the water pattern on street with a trap low.
- Information about the trap low may be on your property title.
- More information about trap lows and why the Town uses them
Policies & Procedures
The Town's policies and procedures are designed to provide maximum service on emergency routes (Fire, EMS, RCMP) and to provide service to major arterial thoroughfares, and other selected streets comprising the basic network needed move traffic in a safe and orderly way.
Have questions about traffic in Cochrane? Check the Frequently Asked Questions.
Highways: Alberta Transportation maintains Highways 1A and 22 through Volker Stevin.
Alleys: Help us maintain your alleys by keeping them clear of debris, furniture, parked cars, trailers and carts. Read the Alley Maintenance and Cart Storage brochure.
- Highways 1A and 22 are provincial roads; Volker Stevin (888-877-6237) keeps them clean and maintained.
- Streets are cleared of gravel and winter debris every spring.
- Roads staff are based at the Town Operations Shop on Griffin Road.