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Gritters out across county
10:57am Tuesday 12th March 2013 in News
GRITTERS are continuing to treat roads during icy conditions.
Salting runs took place from 12pm and 7pm yesterday, March 11, and from 1am and 9am this morning, March 12. Decisions on further runs will be taken during today, depending on conditions.
County councillor Derrick Louis, cabinet member for highways transportation said: “We are doing everything we can to keep Essex roads moving during these current weather conditions. Our gritting lorries have been regularly spreading salt across our main road network, and will continue to do so as required. I am urging residents to travel with extra caution at this time, and make sure they have cleared any ice and snow from their vehicles before setting out.”
So far this winter Essex Highways’ gritting lorries have covered enough mileage to go seven times around the world, spreading over 26,000 tonnes of salt - the same weight as 156 blue whales.
Essex Highways is required to focus resources on keeping major roads clear, so it operates a specified salting network. This includes all ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads, access routes for emergency services, rural link roads and major public transport routes. To check which routes will be treated, visit essex.gov.uk/highways.