Roads moving, but travel with care

photo by Rob Jinman

Posted on: 1 February 2019

Overnight snow and sub-zero road temperatures have caused disruption in parts of the county, but major routes are moving with care this morning.

Devon County Council Highways is reporting that many minor roads will remain icy, as well as roads over Dartmoor and Exmoor.

Gritting teams and snow clearance fleet have been working throughout the night to minimise disruption. Major roads are moving, but some minor roads on high ground are impassable.

And with their focus this morning turning to those minor roads on high ground in particular, the council is asking people not to travel to the moors today, where conditions remain challenging and where recovery teams are currently operating.

Councillor Stuart HughesCouncillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said:

“Highways teams have done well overnight to keep the primary routes open, and we are now focusing on the secondary gritting routes.

“With many schools closed this morning, we expect people may want to visit the moors. We ask them to delay their journey, certainly for today, while the road conditions could put tm at risk of becoming stuck. Also, with our teams working across the high ground, it’s important that their work is not hampered.

“The forecast remains cold for the rest of the day. If people’s journeys are necessary, we ask that they keep to the primary A roads as much as possible, rather than risk untreated lanes and minor roads. And to travel with care.”

Of note across the county this morning:

  • The B3192, Teignmouth to Ashcombe remains closed, due to abandoned vehicles.
  • On the B3212, Longdown to Culver, there are abandoned vehicles, but cars are passing with care.
  • Snow ploughs and blowers are operating on the B3358 at Simonsbath.
  • On Dartmoor, the A382 Moreton Hampstead to Princetown route has been ploughed and is being gritted again.
  • And the Teign Valley Road, B3193, is currently being gritted.

The council is issuing the following advice:

  • Avoid travel this morning unless absolutely essential.
  • 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.
  • Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long-term illness or are 65 or over. The NHS website has more information on staying healthy during cold weather.
  • Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions and ensure you have food and essential medications.
  • Check out any school closures and sign up to receive alerts for your school.

Highways England is advising drivers to pay attention to messages on the overhead electronic signs and listen for radio updates.

Further information can be found by visiting Highways England – traffic conditions or by following @highwaysSWEST on Twitter.

For more information and travel advice from Devon County Council see our winter travel webpages or for updates on Twitter follow @DevonAlert.

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