The Town Roads Division manages over 100km of open road in Cochrane and ensures they 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 also operates and maintains the storm sewer system, including approximately 52km of underground storm sewer mains and drainage swales, ditches, stormwater facilities, outfalls, oil grit separators and wetland areas.
- 2020 Roads update, presented to Council Sep 28, 2020
Shovel in, not out
Shovel snow from your driveway and sidewalk onto your property, not out onto the road. Adding extra snow on Town roads can reduce safety, delay snow clearing and impede stormwater flow. It’s also against Town of Cochrane bylaw and can get you a $250 fine.
Town of Cochrane currently has 13 solar-powered crosswalks. In 2018, we evaluated 11 existing crosswalks and identified eight additional locations appropriate for enhancement with solar-powered crossings.
The current three-year budget includes funding to install two crosswalk enhancements per year. Find out more and see the schedule.
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.
- Street lights: Report a streetlight for repair through the Fortis Report Streetlight form or call 310-WIRE (9473).
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. Note: Information about the trap low may be on your property title.
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 it 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.
- More information about trap lows and why the Town uses them