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Keep Alta. roads safer this winter

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Drivers are asked to help keep Alberta roads safe this winter by driving to conditions and giving snowplows room to work.

“Our first priority during the winter months is safety, for both the public and our plow operators. Drivers need to exercise caution when approaching a snowplow and should not try to pass. Our operators will pull over to allow vehicles to pass when it is safe to do so. We are out in full force to clear the roads as soon as possible, sometimes in less than ideal conditions, and we appreciate the public’s assistance," explains Ron Glen, CEO, Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association.
Albertans can find the location of snowplows in real time and get the latest road conditions by downloading the 511 app at
Quick facts
• Each year, Alberta’s contractors strategically deploy approximately 600 snowplows to clear 31,000 kilometres of provincial highways.
• During winter storms, priority is given to clearing major highway corridors with high volumes of traffic, critical commuter routes and emergency services routes.  
Snowplows drive between 30 and 50 km/h when blading snow and applying salt and sand to roadways.
Drivers are advised to use extra caution when travelling near snowplow equipment by leaving extra space and only passing when it’s safe to do so. Plow operators pull over frequently to allow queued traffic to pass.
• Highway maintenance contractors and Alberta 511 monitor road conditions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 The number of collisions spike in the winter months, with significantly higher (20 per cent or more) numbers in November, December and January.
Road Reports
For up-to-date road information and traffic delays
• Call: 511 toll-free
• Visit:
• Follow: @511Alberta

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