Drivers are being asked to use caution while road maintenance crews across the province are busy working during snowy conditions this winter.
Drivers are being asked to help keep Alberta roads safe this winter by driving to conditions and giving snowplows room to work. Transportation Minister Brian Mason says road maintenance crews are out across the province, in force, in challenging conditions each winter. He says drivers should use extra caution when travelling near snowplows. People can find the location of snowplows in real time by using the Alberta 511 app. Mason says we can all play a role in keeping our roads safe by slowing down and driving to conditions. Ron Glen with the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association says it's critical drivers use extra caution when approaching snowplows. He says operators will pull over to allow vehicles to pass when it is safe to do so. Glen says crews are out in full force to clear the roads as soon as possible, sometimes in less than ideal conditions, and they appreciate the public’s assistance. He notes last year there were 30 collisions on provincial highways involving vehicles and snowplows, most of those rear-end crashes. - Pat Siedlecki