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Road paving FAQ

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  1. How do I know if my street is scheduled for resurfacing?
  2. Does the paving program have an impact on parking?
  3. How does The City decide which roads to resurface?
  4. What is involved in the surface overlay process?
  5. Does resurfacing my street affect my property taxes?


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1. How do I know if my street is scheduled for resurfacing?

Activities begin in June and finish in October. During this time, crews work two shifts, seven days a week to take full advantage of the short construction season. This paving program is also partially completed by private sector forces under contract.

See the 2016 paving schedule at

Affected residences and businesses receive notice from The City in early spring notifying them that their road is scheduled for road work. Closer to the time when work is to begin on your road, paving signs advising of the work will be placed in your area.


The entire city resurfacing is shown on the Capital Works Map.

2. Does the paving program have an impact on parking?

Not all stages of the resurfacing process will require parking restrictions. However, when parking restrictions are required, "No Parking" signs will be placed along the road at least 12 hours before the restriction goes into effect, to give residents advance warning. Any vehicle that has not been removed from the area will be tagged and towed to a nearby road if space is available, or to the City of Calgary’s impound lot. Vehicles are fined and towed only if a “No Parking” sign is in effect.

3. How does The City decide which roads to resurface?

While some roads might seem worse than others, roads selected for paving resurfacing are based on specific guidelines for road conditions and focuses on those that require the most repairs. The following are the considerations that the assessment is based on:

Pavement Management System – this survey system is used by all cities in Alberta. The system measures the defects in the surface area on each city street. The City can then determine the condition of each street, the deterioration rates, and the most economical times for resurfacing.

The Pavement Quality Index (PQI) rating of the road – The City of Calgary, Roads has an evaluation/rating system that generates a PQI from one to 10 with 10 being perfect. The target is to keep the overall City network PQI rating greater than or equal to 7.0. Roads that are evaluated below this target are put on a list for future resurfacing. Surface rehabilitation methods range from crack sealing, micro surfacing, overlay to reconstruction or combinations of these.

Roads are considered for overlay when the PQI falls below:

  • Majors - 6.0, inspected every second year.
  • Collectors & Industrials – 5.0, inspected every second year.
  • Locals – 4.0, inspected every sixth year.

Annual Visual and Automated Condition Survey – City field staff also visually and use automated systems to survey the condition of every street in the city. The information is taken into consideration with the findings from the Pavement Management System.

Utility Replacement Programs – After we have selected which streets should be resurfaced, we coordinate with utilities to determine if any of the selected streets will be excavated in the near future for the replacement of a utility line or pipe. Those streets that will likely be excavated are not resurfaced until the utility work is complete. On occasion, resurfacing is cancelled due to last minute discovery of utility problems.

Clearance from conflict with other programs:

  • Major Utilities – Waterworks, Wastewater, Atco, etc.
  • Transportation Infrastructure.
  • Local Improvement Petitions.
  • Other conflicts Roads [Capital works] are made aware of.

Budget – Once the roads are determined to qualify for rehabilitation, they proceed according to their priority rating and the budget available to them.

4. What is involved in the paving process?

The rehabilitation of a roadway involves several processes and can take up to eight weeks to complete. There are two parts in the pavement resurfacing process.

  1. The first part is concrete repairs of damaged sidewalk curbs and gutters affecting drainage.
  2. The second part is repaving the road.

See our paving steps brochure for a detailed description of the steps involved in the program.

Paving and concrete operations are weather dependant and unexpected delays can occur.

5. Does resurfacing my street affect my property taxes?

Resurfacing is funded by the City's overall tax mill rate and does not result in any additional taxes on your property. This repaving process will improve your street and extend its life. Not repaving the street now would cause to it deteriorate and require reconstruction, which has a higher cost and a longer timeline than resurfacing.