- How will I know when my lane is going to be graded?
- When during the year is lane grading completed and what time are the graders out?
- What is an obstruction and why do I have to remove it from the lane?
- What about my garbage container?
- What will happen if I do not remove the obstruction?
- Will I have access to my garage or backyard when the grading operation is happening?
- Will lane grading continue if it rains?
1. How will I know when my lane is going to be graded?
Lane Grading is divided into 5 Areas. The graders start in Area 1 and finish in Area 5. See the Lane Grading Map to find out what area you are in. Signage will be placed in your neighborhood 24 hours in advance to allow you to remove any obstacles.
2. When during the year is lane grading completed and what time are the graders out?
Lane grading operations run from 7 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. Gravel lanes are generally graded twice per year (dependent on weather). The first round generally starts around April, then the second round usually starts in Summer and runs until approximately October.
3. What is an obstruction and why do I have to remove it from the lane?
Any obstruction in the lane is considered a hazard to public safety and equipment operator safety. Some examples of obstructions are trees, flowerbeds, sidewalk blocks, garbage containers, piles of soil, vehicles.
4. Under Street Bylaw 1556 the adjacent property owner is responsible to remove the obstruction. It is important to remove these obstructions for public safety, equipment operator safety and a more efficient operation.
- Bylaw 1556 (PDF)
5. What about my garbage container?
Bylaw 1805 requires that garbage and yard waste containers are removed from the lane or street back on to private property within 24 hours. Lane grading activities will be coordinated with garbage pickup so that collection days are avoided. However, residents must ensure they comply with Bylaw 1805 so that their lane can be graded.
- Bylaw 1805 (PDF)
6. What will happen if I do not remove the obstruction?
If you do not remove the obstruction when requested, the adjacent property owner can be charged for the cost of the removal of the obstruction under Street Bylaw 1556. If you are concerned about an obstruction that is not adjacent to your property, please phone Bylaw Enforcement 403.529.8400.
- Bylaw 1556 (PDF)
7. Will I have access to my garage or backyard when the grading operation is happening?
For your safety and the equipment operator’s safety, avoid using the back lane when the grading operation is in your area. Disruptions to access are minimal.
8. Will lane grading continue if it rains?
It is difficult for graders to operate effectively after a rainfall. Further damage to a lane may result if it is graded when it is too wet. Grading may be delayed, but Municipal Works will complete the lane grading schedule once conditions return to normal.