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Gritters prepare to keep county's roads clear

Published September 21, 2022 9.54am


Preparations are underway at a North East council to keep priority roads clear during the winter months.

Winter maintenance 2022

Winter maintenance team

While the weather is just beginning to become colder, our highways team has been readying itself since the summer to maintain the roads during harsher conditions.

Winter treatment

Each year we stock 42,000 tonnes of salt ready to tackle any ice and snow on County Durham's roads, as well as replenishing more than 2,300 salt bins in key community locations.

The team starts taking deliveries from June to ensure there is enough salt to meet the amount required to maintain roads and pathways throughout the coming months.

During the winter season, 1,700km of the county's priority one routes will be treated, covering almost half of its road network.

Minor routes, such as the priority two roads covering more than 380km, will also be treated in times of prolonged severe weather.

There are also several road weather station cameras in place across the county which can be viewed online to check traffic and climate conditions. 

Essential service

Cllr John Shuttleworth, our Cabinet member for rural communities and highways, said: "While everyone has been enjoying the last of the warmer weather, our teams are already thinking ahead to how we can keep the county's roads moving during the winter months.

"Lots of people across the county rely on our fleet to keep the roads clear so they can get to work, shopping and other vital services. It is imperative that our vehicles are serviced and well-stocked so that they're ready to go as soon as the weather turns."

Each of the county's 40 power gritters are fitted with 360-degree cameras and trackers which allow them to provide up to date information on the latest weather conditions.

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