EDMONTON- Drivers are being asked to help keep Alberta roads safe this winter by driving to conditions and giving snowplows room to work.
Unpredictable weather is the norm for the province at this time of the year.
As a result, the provincial government works with their maintenance contractors throughout the winter months to make sure highways are as clear and safe as possible.
“Alberta Transportation works closely with highway maintenance contractors to keep Alberta highways clear and open to travel. They are out there, in force, in challenging conditions, working to ensure the roads are safe for the travelling public and for their own families, friends, and neighbours. We can all play a role in keeping our roads safe by slowing down and driving to conditions," states Alberta Minister of Transportation Brian Mason.
Mason went on to say during winter storms, priority is given to major highway corridors when it comes to maintenance from snowplows.
In total there are 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.
During the winter months, the number of collisions in Alberta rises by more than 20 per cent.
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