Gritters treating Devon’s main roads

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Posted on: 26 January 2012

Devon County Council’s fleet of gritters will be out across the county tonight (Thursday 26 January) facing the prospect of wintry showers and freezing temperatures.

Around 1,700 miles of the main salting network will be treated by gritters on Devon’s major roads between 5:30pm and midnight tonight. Teams will then be monitoring road conditions in case further treatments are needed in the early hours if forecast rain and sleet washes the salt off of the roads.

Road users are being advised to take care as road surface temperatures are expected to fall below -1 C in East Devon, but the entire county will be hovering around zero and ice is possible overnight. Although the cold spell is due to last into the weekend, a prolonged icy period is not expected, so it is not anticipated that the snow wardens in over 240 of Devon’s towns and parishes will receive alerts.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “Road surface temperatures may not be dropping as low as they have previously, but because of the potential for rain and sleet, road users still need to be aware that ice may form, even on treated roads so everyone must take care, particularly overnight.”

Motorists are reminded of the following advice:

• Avoid overnight travel unless absolutely essential as roads will always be more hazardous at night with less traffic and colder temperatures;
• Never assume a road has been salted. Remember that showers or rain will wash salt off roads leaving them prone to ice, and in extreme cold even salting will not stop ice from forming;
• Allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed;
• Drive with care and according to the conditions;
• If you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, think about how they could possibly be helped through the cold spell;
• Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions.

For more information and travel advice visit: www.devon.gov.uk/winter_travel

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