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Winter brings cold weather along with snow and ice-covered roads and sidewalks.
With an approximate $60-million annual budget for winter roadway maintenance, the city is responsible for sanding and plowing the streets and takes different approaches to each.
According to the City of Edmonton, sanding is done when needed. However, residents can report icy streets or intersections and request more sand by calling 311 and reporting the location.
Residents will not find the green boxes with free sand at their local community centre this winter. If you want access to free sand, you will have to travel to the nearest roadway maintenance yard to fill your bucket. By putting the boxes in front of the yards, the resources to fill them will be minimal and will save the City of Edmonton approximately $300,000 a year.
Find free sand near the entrance of the following maintenance yards:
Central: 10517 95 St
Northeast: 13003 56 St
Northwest: 14320 114 Ave
Southeast: 5409 59 Ave
Southwest: 14710 Ellerslie Road
Header image: Local community centres will no longer carry free sand.| Supplied