City roads improve overnight due to sanding, police say

Police do not expect the morning commute to be as big a worry as they anticipated Monday night.

Spring snow behind flurry of accidents Monday evening

Icy roads were causing delays for Edmonton motorists Monday night. (CBC )

Police do not expect the morning commute to be as big a worry as they anticipated Monday night. 

"The situation on Edmonton roadways improved Monday around midnight," said Sgt. Steve Sharpe in a news release early Tuesday morning.

"According to patrol officers who worked overnight, the reduction in the number of collisions was due to ... a great effort by graders spreading sand/gravel, drivers adjusting to the road surface conditions, and the typical reduction in nighttime traffic volume," he said.        

Monday's drive home was a different story however.

From 4 p.m. to midnight, police reported 61 collisions, five that resulted in injuries, though none are believed to be life-threatening. Police were required to attend 26 of those crashes. 

In total since the snow began Monday morning, police recorded nine injury collisions and 124 that involved damage to vehicles.

Icy road conditions

The icy roads are caused delays and a number of collisions throughout Edmonton Monday evening, police said. 

"Most of our major routes/arteries are experiencing delays and motorists are citing icy road conditions throughout the city," Sharpe said at 9:30 p.m. 

Sharpe said police are responding to collisions on Walterdale HIll, northbound Anthony Henday Drive near the turnoff to Lessard Road, Ellerslie Road and Parsons Road, at 28th Avenue and 91st Street, and eastbound Yellowhead Trail and 142nd Street.

The collision on Walterdale Hill involves three vehicles.

RCMP have also warned drivers about poor road conditions due to freezing on Highway 2 between Red Deer and Wetaskiwin.