With temperatures plummeting as the first major chill of the winter took hold this week – Nottinghamshire County Council’s gritting crews hit the roads around Eastwood and Kimberley.
The teams have been on full 24/7 standby since November 1 and have already gritted a handful of times this week as road-surface temperatures dropped below zero.
But with forecasters predicting more freezing temperatures and the arrival of snow in some places, the county’s crews are likely to be a regular sight on Nottinghamshire roads.
Each time the teams go out they salt approximately 1,120 miles of road across Nottinghamshire, concentrating on A and B roads and main bus routes.
A map of those roads earmarked is available on the county council’s website.
The county council’s four salt barns are currently full to the brim, meaning that it has more salt stockpiled in the county than ever before – some 12,000 tonnes more than official Government recommendations – putting Nottinghamshire in a strong position for dealing with the worst winter conditions.
Overall, the council has the capacity to store around 22,000 tonnes of salt – some 18,000 tonnes of it under cover.
“The county council gives high priority to winter maintenance and we are determined to keep our county on the move this winter,” said Coun Kevin Greaves, chairman of the transport and highways committee.
“We are confident that we are in a stronger position than ever to deal with whatever winter throws at us.”
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