Lane Grading

There are more than 139 km of gravel lanes in Medicine Hat. We aim to grade gravel lanes twice per year (depending on the weather) between April and October. Graders operate Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. We will post signs in your neighborhood to let you know when grading is happening in your area.

Lane grading map

Remove obstructions

The Public Roads Bylaw #4346 requires you to remove obstructions from your lane. Remove garbage containers from the lane or street within 24 hours of pickup.

Watch Video: Lane grading: why keeping your lane clear is important

Safe distance

Stay at least 15 metres away from the equipment and give them room to work. Help children to be safe around working equipment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know when my lane is going to be graded?

For lane grading, Medicine Hat is divided into five areas. The program starts in Area 1 and finishes in Area 5. See the Lane Grading Map to find out which area you are in. We will place signage in your neighborhood 24 hours in advance to allow you to remove any obstacles.

When does lane grading occur?

Lane grading operations run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Gravel lanes are generally graded twice per year (depending on the weather). The first round generally starts around April. The second round usually starts in summer and runs until approximately October.

What is an obstruction and why do I have to remove it from the lane?

Any obstruction in the lane is a safety hazard for the public and our equipment operators. Some examples are:

  • Trees
  • Flowerbeds
  • Sidewalk blocks
  • Garbage containers
  • Piles of soil
  • Vehicles

Under Public Roads Bylaw #4346, you are responsible for removing the obstruction. This helps our operators stay safe and do the best job they can.

What about my garbage container?

Under Waste Bylaw #1805, you must remove garbage and yard carts from the lane or street within 24 hours. We coordinate lane grading with garbage pickup to avoid collection days.

What will happen if I do not remove the obstruction?

If you do not remove the obstruction when requested, you may be charged for the cost of the removal under Public Roads Bylaw #4346. If you are concerned about an obstruction that is not near your property, please phone Bylaw Enforcement at 403-529-8400.

Will I have access to my garage or backyard when the grading operation is happening?

To stay safe, please avoid using the back lane when grading is taking place in your area. Disruptions to access are minimal.

Will lane grading continue if it rains?

It is difficult for graders to operate effectively after a rainfall. If we grade a lane when wet, further damage may result. Grading may be delayed, but crews will complete the schedule once conditions improve.