Road Maintenance
The County takes care of over 2,000 km of roads, most with a gravel surface.  Fourteen grader routes ensures timely and effective maintenance.  The skilled operators assigned to each of these areas will generally take about five weeks to make the rounds of their route during the summer months, based on Policy R 20.

Spring Road Maintenance in Cypress County
Dead-end roads to residences may be maintained, as specified in Policy R3.  Undeveloped road allowances may be maintained as a bladed trail for access to farm and ranch lands or alternatively, graveling the ruts of grassed-in road allowances may be cost shared 50%, as noted in Policy R9. To alleviate snow drifting conditions and increase agricultural utilization of roadsides, Policy R6 details the backsloping process. If an undeveloped road is required to be upgraded, Policy R10 is used to establish the road standard.

In some high traffic areas, a dust control coating is applied to reduce daily maintenance costs while enhancing quality of life. However, these roads come at a much higher cost than gravel roads. In very high traffic areas and places where commercial traffic warrants a high grade road, hot-mix pavement is applied.

Bridges, cattle guards (Texas gates) and sign maintenance are also tasks under the roads portfolio.
For more information on gravel road maintenance, please see the Gravel Road Maintenance Plan

Road Construction
Building and upgrading roads takes place throughout the summer. A high grade gravel road will cost about $100,000 per mile ($62,000/km) and council typically approves about 12 miles each year.  In addition, an oil or dust control surface will add another $100,000 and hot-mix pavement will cost about $1,000,000 per mile.

Council has established a Five Year Strategic Plan for road construction. This plan establishes which roads will be a priority for upgrading each year. This plan is reviewed by Council on an annual basis to ensure that it still meets the needs of the municipality. 

Financial cost sharing of construction of roads to new residences in the agricultural area of the County is available. Policy R14 has the details.
Road Construction in Cypress CountyRoad Construction in Cypress County
Private Dust Control
Private dust control adjacent to single farmsteads or country residences is available for an annual fee of $315.00. A 200 metre strip of oil and gravel is mixed on site, packed and then maintained indefinitely. Multi-parcel country residential subdivision residents can request hot-mix pavement only, at a cost of $500/year for 25 years. Policy R1 and Policy R13 have the details.
Grader and Packer working on Cypress County RoadsGrader working on Cypress County roadsRoad Reclaimation
Road Bans & Special Permits
An Order By The Road Ban Committee For Cypress County, Defining Maximum Allowable Weights Permitted On Certain Cypress County Roads:   Order No. 2014 – 03

Pursuant to County Bylaw 2018/13 and the authority granted by the Minister under the Traffic Safety Act, the Road Ban Committee orders that effective:  Monday, June 16, 2014, at 7:00 a.m. the permitted percentage of allowable axle weights for the following roads are listed below.

 Banned Road
Location or Description 
 Range Road 40  From   Highway 1  To   Township Road 114 75 %
 Township Road 202 From  Highway 41  To  Range Road 12 75 %
 Township Road 132 From  Highway 41 To  Range Road 30 75 %
 Eagle Butte Road From  Township Road 100 To  Thelma Road 75 %
 Black & White Trail From  Township Road 120 south  To   Cypress County Boundary 75 %
 Box Springs Road From  City of Medicine Hat Bundary To  Township Road 150 75 %
 Range Road 62 From  Township Road 120  To   Township Road 114 75 %
 Sextant Hill on Thelma Road From  Range Road 33a (Eagle's Nest Ranch Access) To  1 km East of Range Road 33a  50 %
 Range Road 63 From  Highway 3 To  Township Road 114 75 %
 Range Road 70 From  Highway 523 To  Paramatta Estates 75 %
 Range Road 74 From  Highway 523 To  Township Road 121 75 %
 Range Road 80  From   Highway 1 To  Township Road 150 75 %
 Range Road 103 From  Highway 544 To  Cypress County Boundary 75 %
 Township Road 114 From  Eagle Butte Road To  Black & White Trail 75 %
 Township Road 114
From  Range Road 62 To  Range Road 63 75 %
 Range Road 51 From  Highway 41A To  Township Road 124 75 %
 Township Road 121A  From   Range Road 63 To  0.8 km East 75 %
 Hamlet of Suffield From  Ellis Avenue – From 3rd Street to Highway No. 884 – NO TRUCKS
NOTE : 100%  -  Means No Road Ban In Effect
This Order Rescinds Highway Order No. 2014 – 02 and Shall Remain In Effect Until Further Notice.

To ensure the road system is not damaged by heavy trucks, a road ban system with oversize load Special Permits has been established, under the authority of the Road Ban Bylaw. Commercial carriers can get permits from RoaData Services Ltd using their toll free contacts: Service Rig: 1.888.830.7623, Heavy Haul: 1 (888) 444-9288, Drilling Rig / Well Servicing: 1 (888) 730-3745.

Local permits are available through the County office for agricultural products.
Snowplow in Cypress County
Snow Plowing
Six snow plow trucks with sanders and 12 grader plows keep traffic moving in Cypress County.

Trucks are only used on hard surface roads, mainly consisting of hills, arterial and collector roads, such as Eagle Butte Road and Township Road 120.  Once these priority roads are cleared and sanded, the trucks will enter country residential subdivisions and lastly the hamlets. Hamlet roads will only be plowed if there is somewhere to push the snow, such as a ditch.
Note: Volker Stevin are contracted by Alberta Transportation to maintain HWY 1, HWY 41, and the the Elkwater townsite. To contact them please call 1-888-VSROADS (1-888-877-6237).

Graders are the machine of choice for gravel roads.  Based on Policy R 20, the County practice is to wait until there is an accumulation of 4" (10 cm) of snow before plowing as any less may result in too much gravel being removed from the ridges that naturally form from the traffic.  The first priority for the graders is school bus routes. Then feeder roads are done, such as the Bull Trail south of Irvine.  The last roads to be done are those leading up to individual farm residence driveways.  After a general snow storm, it will take about three days before all roads have been plowed.  In the interest of operator and public safety, equipment typically only operates during daylight hours.
Snowplow in Cypress County

Streetlight Repair Reporting
FortisAlberta has formally launched their new Streetlight Repair Map. With this map Cypress County residents can view streetlights in our area and request a repair online within minutes. This would not include Desert Blume, Dunmore and Veinerville which are serviced by the City of Medicine Hat. The map was designed to be user- friendly and simple to use. Once a streetlight repair request is submitted, a service order is automatically generated to facilitate repairs.

If residents are interested in learning how to use the new Streetlight Repair Map, view FortisAlberta’s online video tutorial

All roads signs are placed according to Canadian Standards.  They indicate potential hazards so that drivers can take appropriate action to stay safe.

The road naming system in the rural area is based on Township Roads running east-west and Range Roads running north-south.  A few roads are named due to their curving nature.  The addressing system is also based on this road network.

In hamlets, roads are named or numbered, primarily following a pattern established when the area was settled.

Reports of damaged, broken or missing signs are welcome and can be done through the Submit A Concern/Request form under E-Service Request.