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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.

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! 

EPCOR lifts water ban

The County of St. Paul is notifying residents that EPCOR has completed the critical repairs of the E.L Smith Water Treatment Plant, ending the ban on non-essential water use. Residents…

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Changes to the County’s Dust Control Policy

Effective January 9, 2024, as per Fee Schedule Bylaw 2023-24 under Council direction, the County of St. Paul now requires residents who request dust control to pay a portion of…

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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

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.



What roads are cleared first? 

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.

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

Snow Clearing Priority Map

 
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Dust Control

Dust controls are a blend of calcium chloride and magnesium hydroxide, applied to dirt roads to suppress the amount of dust that vehicles and equipment can kick up during the summer months. Controls applied are 200 metres in length for property owners and residents who apply.

Applications are submitted annually between January 1 and May 15 of each year, with the suppressant applied between May 1 and July 31 at 2 litres/square metre. 

Effective January 9, 2024, under the direction of Council, residents who request dust control will be required to pay a portion of cost. For 2024, this cost is 25% of 2023's actual costs, equaling $470.00. The County will continue to cover the remaining costs and Council will review these rates annually. 

Residents whose quality of life is diminished by excessive dust due to a medical condition may request dust control free of charge. A medical certificate or letter from a physician will be required.

Criteria

To qualify for the 25% fee, the residence must:

  • be occupied,
  • the primary yard site, and
  • within 150 metres of the centre of the road.

Effective January 9, 2024, a property owner whose residence is over 150 metres from the centre of the road will pay the full cost based on 2023’s actual costs, equaling $1,880. Those requesting more than 200 metres in length will pay the full cost of the section over 200 metres.

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

Bylaw 2020-38 Community Aggregate Payment Levy 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.  See Community Aggregate Levy Fund for Capital Funding Application  

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.

     Gravel Sales for 2023 are now closed.    

Gravel sales will open again on March 1, 2024. 

Gravel sales
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) - completed
  • River Road (Twp Rd 554A) - completed
  • Correction Line GBC (Twp Rd 590) - completed
  • Township Road 555 - completed
  • St. Edouard Coulee (Rge Rd 83) - completed


2023 STIP Bridge Files

  • BF 70647 (Willow Range Road) - Culvert Replacement  - Tender Award to Prairie Erectors International Inc. at $988,775.  Completed and the road is reopen.
  • BF 70105 (Boyne Lake) - Emergency Bridge File Replacement
    Completed September 20
  • 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  - completed
  • Kapjack Culvert Outlet Repair - completed
  • BF 13259 Repair (Side Slopes) - completed
  • Lac St. Cyr Boat Launch Parking Lot - completed
  • Range Road 61 Washout - completed
  • North Valley Washout - completed
  • Bazian Washout - completed
  • Lindbergh Road Washout - completed
  • Twp Rd 574/Rge Rd 72 Intersection Drainage - completed
  • Crestview Beach Drainage - completed
  • Hebert Drainage - completed
  • Lac Sante Boat Launch Repair & Replacement - completed
  • Garner Lake Boat Launch Pad Removal - Waiting for Alberta Environment Approval
  • Floating Stone Boat Launch Parking Lot
  • Floating Stone Subdivision Upgrade
  • McCloud Beach Parking Lot and road widening
  • Westcove Cross Country Ski Club-APEX Crossing Setting - completed
  • St. Paul grazing lease road repairs in road allowance sections - completed

* Above project information updated November 28, 2023

There are no Road Restrictions at this time 

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 for their cooperation when Road Restrictions are imposed. 

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: 780-646-6770

DANNY WEINMEIER, Utilities Supervisor
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-646-6782

ANDY PETTERSON, Manager, Construction
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-646-6764

JACK VANDENBERG, Manager, Shop & Parts
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-646-6772

Public Works Main Phone:
780-645-3006

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

Weekday Business Hours:
(subject to change)

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

April 22 - October 11, 2024:
7:00am - 4:30pm
Closed for lunch from noon to 12:30

Closed on weekends and all Statutory Holidays