The Town of Foam Lake’s transportation system consists of a network of open roadways that range from thoroughfares to gravel lanes and everything in between. Public Works is responsible for all maintenance aspects of the Town’s road networks. We offer a wide range of services to ensure the Town’s transportation infrastructure remains in good condition for our residents and visitors to enjoy.
The Town of Foam Lake prides itself in maintaining a beautiful, clean community. The Public Works crew is very diligent with their street sweeping schedule. If the weather is favourable, the sweeper operates April to September of the year with more streets being done in the spring season.
As with any heavy machines, the public is advised to stay back from street cleaning equipment when the equipment is engaged. The public is reminded to proceed cautiously when driving behind or passing a street sweeper or snow plowing and hauling equipment, giving them ample room to operate.
The Town of Foam Lake will take reasonable steps to manage snow and ice hazards on public roadways, parking lots, sidewalks, and primary pathways in a systematic and timely manner to prevent or reduce accidents and injuries, ensure safe access for the public and emergency vehicles, promote active transportation, and minimize economic loss to the community.
Residents’ and Businesses Snow Clearing Responsibilities
Snow clearing on sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. Where sidewalk borders parks and/or Town property, the Town of Foam Lake provides snow removal. Residents’ and businesses are encouraged to be diligent with sidewalk clearing and ice salt applications. The safety of all is a priority.
Friendly Reminder About Snow Safety
While they appear fun in a child’s mind, snow piles on the edge of roadways are unsafe. Please keep children from playing on or in snow piles that have accumulated around Town. Snow piles are unstable and there is a danger of them collapsing. There are also concerns of children sliding down onto the road and into traffic.
Crack sealing is one form of preventive pavement maintenance that ensures the consistent operation of the Town’s roadways. Pavement cracks develop due to expansion and contraction caused by temperature fluctuation. These cracks allow water to penetrate the pavement base and sub-base materials, causing pavement elements to lose structural integrity. If not repaired or prevented, this cracking will grow, leading to deformation of the pavement, potholes, and ultimately the degradation of asphalt and concrete surfaces.
The Town of Foam Lake is very diligent with budgeting for a minimum of three (3) streets to be sealed every year. During this time, residents will be notified and asked to move any vehicles parked on the street.
Road (Line) Painting
Road (Line) painting occurs on a regular and ongoing basis on our transportation networks. Main road painting applications are typically scheduled throughout the summer months.
We ask motorists to obey all signage installed around road painting areas and to drive slowly around our workers when they are engaged in road painting activities. Please stay back from line painting operations and avoid driving over fresh paint.
Sidewalk and Curb Repairs
Based on available annual budgets, the Public Works team assesses our concrete (sidewalk, and curb and gutter) infrastructure and prioritizes our concrete replacement programs based on needs and assessments. Hazardous concrete is marked for replacement first as well as concrete in need of replacement due to earlier utility work in a particular location. Pedestrians should use caution when traversing by areas where sidewalks have been removed and replaced. Any immediately affected businesses or residents will be notified prior to concrete repair work proceeding.
If you notice any significant sidewalk, curb or trip edge issues, please contact Public Works at 306-272-7082.