The City of Humboldt builds and maintains extensive road, sidewalk and other transportation network infrastructure so that traffic - pedestrians, motorists and cyclists - can move safely and efficiently around the community.
Public Works helps ensure a safe and reliable road network by:
- maintaining roads, alleys, sidewalks, curbs and gutters;
- sweeping streets;
- providing snow and ice removal; and
- maintaining and installing traffic and pedestrian signals, signs and line markings.
City crews address icy roads and intersections in the following order:
- Major (Lighted) Intersections & School Crossings
- Primary Intersections - with a high volume of traffic that give access to Highways #5 and #20
- Residential Roads
Sanding trucks make every effort to be out in the community no later than 7:00 am to address winter road conditions prior to morning traffic.
In order to keep our community as safe as possible when snow removal is taking place, Humboldt's streets are prioritized using pre-determined criteria.
- Highways & Arterial Roads - Highways #5 and #20 are plowed first to ensure access to vital City infrastructure and community services.
- Collector Roads - These roads connect to arterials and include bus routes and school zones.
- Residential Roads
If road conditions are icy, sanding or salting operations are undertaken to help provide traction for motorists.
Winter weather and road conditions are regularly monitored by Public Works.
Staff are available and prepared to respond when it is safe and effective to do so to help keep our roads accessible in winter.
To view the detailed Snow Clearing Map, please click here.
Community Trails & Pathways
Throughout the winter, the City will clear the following trails:
- 5th Avenue between the CN bunkhouse and Humboldt Collegiate Institute
- Through Centennial Park
- Glenn Hall Park
- Along the golf course
- Along PAMI
Residents can expect trails to be cleared within 48 hours of a snowfall, excluding weekends and major snow falls as priority goes to clearing roadways and ensuring access to City utilities and services.
Click here for a list of sidewalks that the City regularly clears throughout the winter.
Each year, the City removes dirt and debris left on roads from the winter through a spring clean-up program. This clean-up typically takes place in May, once snow and ice have melted off for the season. Periodic street sweeping continues over the summer/early fall months.
Process for Determining Which Roads are Fixed First
The City's roads are regularly assessed for surface distress and structural integrity. Once assessments have been done, the results are reviewed and priorities are set based on the following:
- The remaining useful life of a pavement section;
- The best methods for maintaining or rehabilitating road sections;
- Anticipated costs and budget amounts;
- Cost-effective approaches which may include accessing other available funding; and
- The integration of a project with other existing - or future - work.
It's important to note that while one road may appear to be in worse shape than another, there are many factors that need to be considered before the City decides which roads receive work.
Repairing, Maintaining or Reconstructing Roads
The cost of fixing a road is determined by its condition. It is less expensive to maintain a road that is relatively new or in good shape while it costs the most to fix when a road must be torn up and entirely replaced. The cost of fixing a road increases as each year passes and the surface deteriorates from freeze/thaw cycles, rutting, and general use.
The City undertakes crack sealing and microsurfacing a road while it is still in good condition. These are known as preservation treatments because their purpose is to slow down the natural degradation of the road and lengthen its useful service life.
It is important to understand that focusing all of the available resources on roads that are in the worst condition would lead to a relatively rapid decline in overall transportation network condition; a balanced approach is needed to ensure good roads are maintained for as long as possible, while poor roads are addressed through prioritization.
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