The Roads team manages over 100 km 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.
Roads also operates and maintains the storm sewer system, including approximately 52 km of underground storm sewer mains and drainage swales, ditches, stormwater facilities, outfalls, oil grit separators and wetland areas.
Some homes are located near a trap low, a device that controls water drainage from the street. 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 Cochrane Operations at 403-851-2590.
More information about trap lows and why we use them:
Traffic circles and roundabouts
Knowing the rules for roundabouts is the key to moving through them safely. As more roundabouts are used in our community (and around the province), it’s important that we all do our part.
Enhanced pedestrian crosswalks
Enhanced pedestrian crosswalks use solar-powered flashing lights when in use, making them more visible and safer for pedestrians. Cochrane currently has 30 enhanced crosswalks, with plans to complete three additional crosswalk enhancements per year.
Note: Locations are subject to change based on budgets and emerging priorities.
To suggest a location for further consideration, contact Roads or call Operational Facilities at 403-851-2590.
What's included in evaluations?
To qualify for installation, a location must meet the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Pedestrian Control Guide and local crossing considerations. Evaluations check for proximity to schools/playgrounds and seniors’ facilities, pathway connections and any history of collisions.
Policies & procedures
The Town's policies and procedures are designed to provide maximum service on emergency routes (Fire, EMS, RCMP). They provide service to major arterial thoroughfares, and other selected streets comprising the basic network needed to move traffic in a safe and orderly way.
Winter Road FAQs
Flooded roads FAQs
- 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 Streetlight Form or call 310-WIRE (9473)
Fortis Streetlight Form