True grit - gritting teams helping keep Notts on the move as the cold snap continues
Nottinghamshire County Council's gritting crews are continuing to work around-the-clock to help keep the county on the move as freezing temperatures are set to continue.
With snow ploughs being used throughout the county, our daytime crews have been out this morning (Friday) and are expected to be out tonight and over the weekend with a further 2-5cms of snow currently predicted for this afternoon and tonight.
Gritting team manager Kevin Heathcote of Via East Midlands, which delivers highways services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, including winter maintenance, said
“Our priority is the keep main routes in the county moving, including major A and B roads, along with major bus routes –a third of the county’s entire road networks at 1,120 miles.
“With the high winds, we have a few incidents of snow drifts, where snow is being blown from the fields on to the roads so conditions have been particularly tough. We are working hard to keep as many roads open as possible working with County Council emergency planning colleagues as well as Nottinghamshire Police.
“All our gritting lorries have a GPS tracking system installed and CCTV which provides a visible record of every route gritted. We also have eight weather stations and access to others stations which provide all sorts of information, but probably the most vital is that they let us know the road surface temperature as there are sensors in the carriageway.”
Nottinghamshire County Councillor John Cottee, committee chairman of communities and place paid tribute to the work being carried out by the county’s gritting teams.
“ We had a lot of messages of support from residents who have thanked our gritting teams for their sterling work in tough conditions. Some have even referred to them as our unsung winter heroes. And I agree, our teams are doing a fantastic job.
“Having recently been out in a gritting vehicle during a visit to our Gamston depot, I have seen for myself the amount of preparations which take place before every gritting run – and there have been a lot of runs recently. Our teams have been out on back-to-back runs since Monday evening, often making multiple runs each day.”
“Local farmers have also been fantastic in their efforts helping keep rural routes open.”
The county’s salt supplies are being constantly reviewed and we have put in orders to top-up on stock levels.
Our four gritting depots situated across the county at Markham Moor, Bilsthorpe, Newark and Gamston.
In addition to salting roads, the County Council and Via maintain and fill around 1,380 roadside grit bins across the county for use by local communities. They also work closely with district and parish councils to ensure the maximum practical winter support can be provided to communities across the county.
Gritters spreading grit on the road is only the start of the deicing process. Movement of grit around the road by traffic is essential to complete the process. When traffic levels are low, roads can remain icy for some time. For further information about gritting routes, weather and travel, safe driving tips and keeping warm and healthy this winter is available from www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/winter
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