Road BANS and PERMITS
ROAD BAN FAQ's
Do road bans apply to winter or summer weights?
I have a Road Permit and a Road Use Agreement, how do I get an exemption for banned roads?
Answer: You don't! Road Permits and Road Use Agreements do not exempt you from road bans
I am an Agriculture carrier, do the bans apply to me?
Answer: Yes, the bans apply to all carriers, including agriculture. Please ensure your loads are at the posted ban weights.
My weight capacity is only 12,000kgs, do the road bans apply to me?
Answer: Yes, the road bans apply to all vehicles with a weight of 4,500 kgs or more.
** PLEASE BE ADVISED that Yearly Permits are NOT VALID on the banned roads. This applies to all carriers, including AGRICULTURE permits - you must be 75% on the banned roads, even if you have a yearly permit.
Provincial Highway Road Ban Information
Toll free road ban information for Provincial Highways can be obtained by dialing 1-855-ROADBAN (1-855-762-3226) http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/522.htm
Heavy Traffic Permits are Required
By-Law 14-04 (consolidated version) affects Heavy Traffic on County of Vermilion River roads.
All Heavy Traffic 22,500kgs and over require a PERMIT to be on County Roads.
Direct Line: (780) 846-3309
Read the Information Sheet with overview and detailed listing of Agreements and Types of Permits
The County of Vermilion River currently uses the TRAVIS permitting system implemented by the Province of Alberta for all required transportation permits. TRAVIS is a web-based Transportation Routing and Vehicle Information System to allow Industry to apply for all required permits. These permits are primarily for over-weight and over-size loads moving in Alberta.
TRAVIS provides Industry users a true "one-window" application process to request approval to move on Provincial Highways and Municipal Roadways anywhere in Alberta and CVR. Vehicles will not be allowed to move in the municipality without this approval being granted.
Effective November 2018, CVR has contracted ROADATA Services to handle all incoming TRAVIS Permit requests. There will be an administrative fee from Roadata Services of $25 per TRAVIS Permit request. They have full access to our road database of oil company and industry operators permitted roads in order to accurately approve or reject the requests. For information on the TRAVIS system and how you can apply for a permit go to: http://trans.gov.ab.ca/TravisWebLogin/redirect.htm.
Dust Control Program
We are offering the Residential Dust Control Program, utilizing MG30, a Magnesium based product, as dust suppressant. MG30 is applied by a spray truck directly onto the road surface and worked into the gravel. For product information, please visit http://www.kortech.ca and click on ‘Tech Data’.
If your road has less than 10 vehicles per day, you may apply for residential dust control at a cost of $1,000 for 200 meters or $1,500 for 300 meters. A minimum of 200 meters is required.
High traffic roads (11 – 25 trucks/day and up) will be sprayed with MG30 on a priority basis. Your road may qualify for CVR or Industry funded dust control based on traffic counts.
Applications will begin May 1 and will continue throughout the summer. Dust Control applications are now being received at the County Office until June 30. Please call the Public Works Department at (780)846-3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further info.
It is the mission of the Public Works Department to improve our roads infrastructure to the best standard possible. When investing in the County's infrastructure, the County strives to maximize the value input and quality for the longevity and services of the road as approved by the budget in the fiscal year. At the time of construction, the County strives to address the safety of the travelling public, future maintenance costs, proper site lines and future economic growth. These guidelines are set out to ensure that proper construction can be carried out to obtain these goals.
Current road construction standards for all classifications of roads are currently under review.
The sources of revenue used for annual projects include taxation, federal and provincial grants, and cost-share initiatives with Industry.
Annual projects are determined through short and long-term project plans, Public Works and Council input, and local pressures.
Road Maintenance Program
CVR strives to keep our roads in the best shape possible and maintained for public safety. The key areas under the Road Maintenance Program include:
The County currently has 16 full-time grader beats covering approximately 90 - 100 miles.
Each grader is responsible for 10 - 12 miles per day and adhere to the following guidelines:
*Maintain a 4" crown
*Do not leave windrows
*Remove large rocks
*Feather gravel evenly
The frequency that roads are graded are based on traffic volume but may vary based on necessity:
*Low traffic (1-10 vehicles per day) - 4 times per year
*Med - Low traffic (11-20 VPD) - 12 times per year
*Med - High traffic (21-50 VPD) - 18 times per year
*High traffic (50+ VPD) - 24 times per year
Winter and Summer gravelling
*Priority of gravelling County roads will be school bus routes, high traffic, and then back roads as a lowest priority.
*The amount of gravel used will be determined by need and road classification.
*Roads to be gravelled are determined the following year based on reports from personnel and public.
*Winter gravelling was started approximately 5 years ago in attempt to save gravel reserves. Winter gravelling will depend on weather conditions and usually commences after January 1.
Mulching of trees in ditches to allow for visibility and farm machinery access.
Replacement and/or repair of culverts, bridges, guardrails and signs.
Scarifying old oiled roads and returning them to gravel when necessary.
Pulling shoulders of roads to maintain proper standards and crown of road.
Master Transportation Plan
2016... We completed a full review of the Transportation Master Plan, see final report below.
The Transportation Master Plan is an engineering study of the area immediately surrounding Lloydminster which attempts to identify future traffic flows, and road construction plans to accommodate these flows.
The County of Vermilion is proud to report some "green" projects that the Public Works Department has worked on.
Public Works New Maintenance Shop
When the new Maintenance Shop was constructed, a unique heating system was installed. The shop is completely heated by a special system which uses "on-site generated used oil".
This system has the environmental benefit of giving a use to the old oil. The County has received a rebate from the Alberta Used Oil Management Associatiion since its installation and will continue to until the Incentive Program is discontinued.
Recycle Wash System
This system is a self-contained apparatus which was installed in our old Public Works shop in 2011. This system can wash our heavy equipment in about a 1/4 of the time it used to take and completely recycles all the water used.
As the water is collected in the floor catch basin, it is sent to the system which filters out any contaminants and mud that may have accumulated on the equipment.
The water is then recycled and re-used continually during the wash process.
Contaminants and solids (containing no water) are collected in a sump and can be pumped out and disposed of at an approved landfill site.
This system is a step forward in environmental initiatives as it collects wash water from 3 of our shops, recycles and re-uses it, and produces very little waste.