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County of St. Paul Public Works

You'll find the latest notices about all public works on this page. This includes updates on current projects, road maintenance, road closures and road bans. We've also listed everything you need to know about permits & applications and bylaws & policies for the County on this page.

Division graders are out and have started the blading and shaping the roads for the spring season.
Please use caution and be patient around the graders.
Operators will move over to let traffic pass when it is safe to do so.  Thank you! 

Opportunity – Construction Foreman

The County of St. Paul is seeking a Construction Foreman for one full-time position, available immediately.  Under the guidance and direction of the Supervisor of Construction, the Construction Foreman is…

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Opportunity: Construction Heavy Equipment/Grader Operator

Under the supervision of the Manager, Maintenance (Grader Operator) and Supervisor, Construction (Construction Heavy Equipment Operator), with day-to-day work direction from the Maintenance Foreman or Construction Foreman, the Construction Heavy…

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Order Your Gravel Online

County of St. Paul residents can place their orders for gravel and gravel delivery through the County’s website as of March 1st .    Link to Gravel Orders  County property owners…

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Effective Immediately – Indefinite Road Closure

RR 73 between TWP 570A and TWP 570 is closed indefinitely due to a failed Bridge. Please use alternative routes.

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County Roads

Public Works manages the County roads year-round. How many kilometers of roads? 2,029 kilometers to be exact.

Kilometers of Gravel Roads
Kilometers of Oiled Roads
Kilometers of Paved Roads
Snow plow during winter. Free public domain CC0 photo.

Snow Maintenance & Snow Flags

The County of St. Paul maintains all Public Roads and Right of Ways within the borders of the County.
Public Works does not maintain the Provincial Highways.

The County of St. Paul has a duty to clear all main access Roads as depicted as Priority 1,
followed by the roads depicted as Priority 2.
The remaining roadways, private driveways, and farmyards are addressed as Priority 3,
unless an emergency medical agreement is on file.

 
Paved and Oil, and Gravel Roads
Paved and Oiled roads are sanded and plowed in the following order after a snow event -
Gravel roads are plowed in the following order after a snow event -
 
Priority 1:  Main service roads and/or roads that have the highest traffic volumes.
 
Priority 2: Roads with medium traffic volumes that connect to a main service road or serve subdivisions, hamlets, and local residential areas.
 
Priority 3: Roads that are not bus routes and have limited users on them i.e., dead end road allowances.
 
Priority 3: Private driveways and farmyards with snowflags.
 

The County’s Snow Clearing Policy is to complete snow and ice control on Priority 1 roads followed by Priority 2 and
Priority 3 roadways within 5 Days (60 hours) at the end of a snowfall event.
The private driveways and farmyards will extend outside of the 5 days during major snow events.

Link to Information on Snow Clearing Procedures, Information on Snow Ridges/ Windrows procedures, and Medical Emergency Access       

Link to Snow Clearing Priority Map


Received from a County resident:
"Your County driveway plow came by this morning, and -- as always -- did a superb job of our drive.
Just wanted you to know how much this service is appreciated!"
[November 30, 2022]
 

County of St. Paul snow flag procedures - deadlines for the 2023/24 season will be provided in early fall

County residents (permanent or seasonal) can now purchase one flag for the entire winter. 
One flag, less hassle and snow clearing for the entire winter. 

Snow clearing service will be provided by the County on private residential driveways upon the accumulation of a
minimum of six inches of snow for residents who have a snowplow agreement.

Snow removal service without an Annual Flag:  Minimum $50 per clearing, or charged at Custom Rate per clearing 

Flags purchased by October 31, 2022 will cost $300. 

*  Flags purchased from November 1 to December 15, 2022 will cost $400.   

*  Snow flags for the current winter season will not be sold
    after December 15, 2022
but residents can contact the
    County for custom snow clearing at an hourly rate.

*  Residents can return flags already purchased and they will       
   receive a credit for each flag returned.  The deadline to return flags is December 15, 2022.

*  There is no cost to seniors or persons with disabilities with a permanent residence within the County. 

The flags can be purchased from the County of St. Paul Administration or Public Works offices
or from the Town of Elk Point office during regular business hours. 


To register for the Snow Flag Program:

3. Pick Up Your Snow Flag

Visit or contact the County Administration Office, Public Works or the Town of Elk Point to pick up your snow flag.

4. Make Your Snow Flag Visible

Install your snow flag on your rural address sign.

Drainage

The County performs the maintenance for all water drainage within the county limits and adjacent to the county roadways and lands. Culverts are important because they help stormwater management and where water goes in the County. 

If you suspect any of the following culvert issues, please contact our Public Works department.

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Washout

The culvert is too small and cannot handle the flow of the water. As a result, the water will naturally make a new path.

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Frozen

The intake side of the culvert will have pooled water and the other side will have no flow or minimal water coming out.

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Plugged

The intake side of the culvert is blocked with debris, such as grass and trees, and there is minimal to no flow out of the other side.

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Gravel

Council passed Bylaw 2020-38 Community Aggregate Payment Levy Bylaw which imposes a levy in respect of all sand and gravel businesses operating in the County to raise revenue to be used toward the payment of infrastructure and community enhancement in the County.  This bylaw came into effect on January 1, 2021.

The levy imposed is $0.40 per tonne of sand and gravel shipped from any pit as per the provisions outlined in the bylaw.  Subsequent to the passing of this bylaw, Council passed motions to not charge the owners/operators of these pits the levy on the first 20,000 tonnes shipped in 2021 or on any contracts made or quotations given prior to the effective date of the bylaw to allow the owners/operators to adjust their business to accommodate the levy.

Additionally, Council passed a motion for County staff to bring forward policy to deal with the administration of funds received through the levy and the formation of a committee to participate in this.

     ONLINE GRAVEL SALES ARE OPEN


Gravel sale

   

The County of St. Paul is happy to provide gravel and delivery to county residents. The County begins to take gravel orders for the season starting on March 1 every year and until October (weather dependent).

Please see the information below and use the online order form below or contact the Public Works Office if you would like to order gravel or if you have any questions. The Public Works contact information is located at the bottom of this page.

Private Gravel Sales Policy - Link here  The policy clarifies the guidelines for the delivery and invoicing of gravel to landowners.

Allotment

County property owners may purchase a maximum of 25 tonnes of gravel annually per rural address or approved Development Permit

Costs

Gravel - Private Sales
$18/tonne delivered - maximum 25 tonnes/ rural address or approved Development Permit.  Maximum $450

$12.00/tonne self-haul - maximum 25 tonnes.  Hauled directly from the Gravel Pit.  Maximum $300

$17/tonne self-haul - maximum 25 tonnes.  Hauled from County Public Works Yard.  Maximum $425

Screening
$5.00/tonne self-haul - no limit
$15.00/tonne delivered - maximum 25 tonnes
Hauled from County-owned pits

Road Projects

In 2022, 5.4 km of road improvements were completed on TWP 482, 57 street and Moosehills Slide area.  The County saved $7.2 million by self-performing the work on these roads.  In addition, Public Works Construction performed Gravel-base Reconstruction on 7.2 km of gravel roads.

 

2023 Proposed Road Construction

 

  • Lake Eliza Road East (Twp Rd 560) - 1 mile completed in 2022, 2nd mile to be completed in spring 2022.  Estimated start dated:  May 23/ Estimated completion date June 30
  • River Road (Twp Rd 554A) - start date May 1/estimated completion date May 24
  • Correction Line GBC (Twp Rd 590)
  • St. Edouard Coulee (Rge Rd 83)
  • CNRL Rge Rd 61/Twp Rd 580

2023 STIP Bridge Files

  • BF 70647 (Willow Range Road) - Culvert Replacement
    Engineering and environmental has started on this project.
  • BF 70105 (Boyne Lake) - Emergency Bridge File Replacement
    Emergency authorization was submitted on May 10.
  • BF 06873 (Bridge Collapse replacement)  The County received a grant for the bridge repair in the amount of $997,500.  It is planned that this project will be scheduled and executed in 2024.

2023 Special Projects

  • Soccer Field Parking Lot (Town of St. Paul) - completed
  • Lac Bellevue Boat Launch - completed
  • Northern Valley Washout
  • Kapjack Culvert Outlet Repair
  • BF 13259 Repair (Side Slopes)
  • Lac St. Cyr Boat Launch Parking Lot - work has begun
  • Labrecque Pit Reclamation
  • Pityn Pit Reclamation
  • Hebert Drainage
  • Garner Lake Boat Launch Pad Removal
  • Floating Stone Boat Launch Parking Lot
  • Floating Stone Subdivision Upgrade
  • Elk Point Transfer Station Pad
  • McCloud Beach Parking Lot and road widening
  • Westcove Cross County Ski Club-APEX Crossing Settling

The Road Restrictions lifted as of Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 7:00 a.m. 

Why are there road restrictions? 

Restrictions are necessary to help preserve the integrity and life span of municipal roads.

However, a vehicle designed and intended for use in farming operations may operate contrary to road restrictions provided that the vehicle is operated at no more than 100% axle weight and along the most direct route available to minimize the distance traveled along any restricted road.

The Road Use Bylaw can be viewed at this link.  

We thank the public, in advance, for their cooperation.

Road Closure:  RR 65 between 571A and 572 east of Elk Point due to compromised bridge file (culvert).

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

If you have a Public Works related question we invite you to contact the County of St. Paul using the contact information found on this page.

Contact Information

SCOTT JEFFERY, Director, Public Works
Email:  [email protected]
Phone: 780-645-3006 ext. 2236

DANNY WEINMEIER, Utilities Supervisor
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-645-3006 ext. 2230

ANDY PETTERSON, Manager, Construction
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-645-3006 ext. 2239

JACK VANDENBERG, Manager, Shop & Parts
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-645-3006 ext. 2224

Public Works Main Phone:
780-645-3006

Physical Shop Address:
5618 - 57 Street
St. Paul, AB  

Weekday Business Hours:
(subject to change)

Until April 6, 2023:
8:00am - 4:30pm
Closed for lunch from noon to 12:30

April 11 - October 13, 2023:
7:00am - 4:30pm
Closed for lunch from noon to 12:30

October 16, 2023 - April 19, 2024:
8:00am - 4:30pm
Closed for lunch from noon to 12:30

Closed on weekends and all Statutory Holidays